In the cloying words of Dave Matthews (one of the only stars not in attendance at last night’s National Design Awards Gala at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum), “So much to say, so much to say, so much to say.” Let’s start at the beginning (and on the meta level—our favorite!), with the event design, once again sustainably masterminded by designer and event planner David Stark. Inside the tent pitched over the museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, Stark got creative with items from Party Rentals, Inc., adorning the space with a rainbow of chair cushions (4,000 of them); glasses (3,000); spoons, forks, and knives (4,000); and plates (6,000). Think Ellsworth Kelly goes to Party City. The theme continued at the afterparty, for which Stark collaborated with teen participants in Cooper-Hewitt’s Design Directions program to whip up more repurposed rainbow decor, including a wall of 200 framed napkin monochromes and chandeliers crafted from 1,000 colored glasses (both are pictured above, at right). All the pieces were returned to Party Rentals today, good as new.
Stay tuned for more on the 2008 NDA Gala as we sort through our photos, napkin-scribbled notes, and commemorative cookies.