Event designer David Stark and his artist, Migguel Anggelo, restructured their Brooklyn apartment to create quiet and space-filled spaces that bring to life theatrical objects and unwanted ending.
David Stark said of his work: “It’s a truck that explodes in all directions”. As one of New York’s top event designers, he doesn’t think about hosting dinners for 4,500 at a New York charity bash or creating lavish parties for Brad’s Make It Right platform. Pitt. He has a 50-year-old employee and a diary like a wind blowing through it. So like the cloud sculpture in his living room, David’s house needs to be a calm and gentle place. Originally, his great plan was to buy a space without having to do anything about it. But after two years visiting cookie-cutting flats, he gave up and bought somewhere that needed everything to do it instead.
His new apartment is located in one of the tallest buildings in Brooklyn Heights, an art skyscraper dating back to 1928 that was used as an office building before being converted into an apartment. What it offers that few locations could match is a cinematic view over the East River to the Statue of Liberty, early Manhattan and World Trade Center One.
David recruited MADE architect Ben Bischoff to rip off the current barren two-bedroom apartment and arrange it into one-bedroom one-bedroom. The result is a U-shaped image of the room that takes you into an electrical circuit through the kitchen and dining area to the main highlight, the living room with its stunning views in two directions, and then finally bends. back to bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.
The palette may be softly monochromatic, but the interior is brimming with theatrical appearance, unexpected materials and hand-made pieces. Visitors come to a small room lined with black primer on the wall. “David got a lot of work related to delivery and linoleum that protected the wall,” explained Ben. It also produces drama when visitors get a glimpse of it to a brightly lit living room.
At events, David creates outer walls of post-it notes and paper cups, and uses painted colored cards as curtains. David’s husband, performer and artist Migguel Anggelo, go one step further and get things out of the trash. His artwork, enchanted around the apartment, includes an extra board made from 27,000 matchsticks, two side chairs covered for 10 miles of hand-knotted string and an oil painting with lint dryer on canvas.
One of the most dramatic architectural pieces in the apartment is a floor-to-ceiling glass wall separating the kitchen and dining area from the bedroom. It’s hard to imagine two rooms that are not clearly suitable to be linked, but this is the only way to bring daylight and a sense of expansive width to a kitchen without windows and spaces. David said: “In the evening, the sunset is wonderful.” Pink light came everywhere and poured all the place in golden light. ”For parties, David put candles in his bedroom, flashing after a the orphan curtain between the two rooms. At night, the bedroom becomes a discreet cocoon attached to light by gray flannel curtains. “But I can still hear David cook breakfast at 5 a.m. Migguel said.
When David bought the apartment, the only thing he planned to decorate was a specific geometrical concrete slab for the floor. He dropped most of his fortune, except for a fifty chair from his grandparents’ hotel in the Catskills and a large armchair that belonged to his other grandparents. And when ‘a worldwide search for the perfect sofa’ failed to produce anything better than the old, he copied it, so now he has a pair.
Cooperation is an important part of the project. David enlisted the help of friend Jane Schulak, designer and founder of Culture Lab Detroit, an architectural and art design initiative, to oversee the interior. She brought this project her contact list from Europe and a passion for ‘craftsmen using old techniques to create new things’. When David asked for more space in the bedroom, Jane introduced him to Laurent Friesz of Farfadus Farfadets in Paris. He turned a long, low wooden cabinet into something chic and light by covering it with plaster and mate paper inspired by room bezels in the eighteenth century. When David asked for a book, Jane had Dominique Bouillon, a decorative artist, build something completely new out of 16th century spiral wooden legs in Paris. And when Dominique appeared from France to visit, he painted a mattress as a gift.
Many of the participants became friends. David said: “I want more work to do with them. One doubts it won’t be long before a project pops up.” I have a secret fantasy about the reception of the apartment next door, or the one above, “he said. ‘I’ve outlined what I’m going to do’.