i just finished shooting a video with david stark for d*s (stay tuned for that next week) and have been pouring over pictures from some of his recent projects. a favorite of mine was his work for the cooper hewitt national design awards. i always love the way david tries to design with sustainability and re-usability in mind and this time he came up with a truly fantastic idea. in order to create as little waste as possible from the event design, david decided to literally make the design out of materials available from rental companies. so the objects that are normally considered party basics actually became the party decorations- and could be returned afterwards! tea kettles floated whimsically in the air, cushions were attached to each other to create rainbows of color above the table and tablecloths were used to create additional hanging decorations. there are all sorts of fun touches in these pictures (like stacked plates and cups as centerpieces) so i thought i’d share them today in hopes that they might inspire some small-scale event design in your own homes or offices this holiday season. thanks to david and casey for sharing these images.