Tuesday, February 14, 2012

David Stark's Wood Shop Pop-Up


David Stark Design's Wood Shop, a "surprise ambush" of Haus Interiors has gotten a LOT of press (NYT, Remodelista, Design*Sponge, The Haystack Needle and many other publications). In fact, when I arrived at the store the day before it opened, they'd already sold out of certain items, which had been offered online prior to the shop's official opening.


However, most of the images that have made the rounds of the blogs have been of Stark's more whimsical wood creations. The items I liked most were perhaps the most humble: Denim table runners, simple linen napkins and what Stark is calling "SmartPly Soup Cans."


All 75 of the Stark-designed wares are available in-store at Haus Interiors and online through end of the month.


For those of you unfamiliar with David Stark, he is a genius event designer, whose events are the stuff of legend. I think my first encounter with Stark's work was the Bullseye pop-up shop in the Hamptons in the early '00s, which featured custom Target bullseye wallpaper. More recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Stark at a pop-up he'd created for West Elm. 


David Stark Design's work makes people smiles, so it's no surprise that the man himself is charming, friendly is extremely down-to-earth. If you have a chance to stop by the pop-up shop in New York, do -- I promise, there'll be something -- a Claes Oldenburg-inspired, crocheted paint can or brush (above) or a carve your-own Valentine (below) -- there to make you grin.




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