The gals at design*sponge were kind enough to showcase the work we just did for a very special birthday celebration at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. last week, but Susie’s photos are so fabulous and so varied, that I can’t help sharing a little more with you.
I’m really proud of this one. You know, the installation looks effortless, and that is always a big part of the goal – we never want anything to look labored over. But the truth is that behind the scenes, we worked really hard to get to a new artistic place with these materials. Playing with paper and book pages a lot – whether that be for our own pop-up flower store installation or the previous David Stark for west elm holiday collection, like any artist, I don’t want to create the same painting twice. The focus on fairytales, though, led us to new ground, and we pushed the materials to create large scale and very intimate experiences so that everywhere you turned, there was a new discovery.
I LOVE the defining statement of this party, first appearing on the invitation and then as a focal point in the very center of the room within the grand, open book: “Life is made up of a series of stories. You are an important part of mine.” What a nice way to celebrate a life, by celebrating the others that have filled your world with joy. People throw themselves parties all the time, but it’s a nice change of pace to use a birthday as an opportunity to fete everyone else!
P.S. With love, Beth, for you on your birthday. I will always value our creative moments together as some of my most dear.