“You know,” event designer David Stark says, “I did actually have the intention of going into a place where I didn’t have to do anything.” But after a one-and-a-half-year home hunt that involved trekking through about 40 apartments, that thought vanished. “It was very important for me to find a situation that felt unique,” Stark says. In the end, it was the light, the views, and the doorman that sold Stark and his husband, artist and performer Migguel Anggelo, on the 1,500-square-foot, 11th-floor Brooklyn Heights corner apartment in a prewar converted office building. “I said, ‘I am going to make it into the space I have always dreamed of living in.’ ”
And so he has, with the help of designer Jane Schulak and the design-build team at MADE: Ben Bischoff, Lindsay Crozier, and Mike Landry. “What he bought was pretty humdrum and chopped up,” Bischoff says of the original space. To turn it into the airy-feeling loft it is now, they gutted the two-bedroom apartment, reoriented the kitchen, and did away with the extra bedroom to enlarge the living room. An intimate entrance foyer leads to the elegant, open, country kitchen with a glass wall that looks into the bedroom, allowing in natural light that would have been otherwise obscured. Though there are lots of playful details (like the chair in the living room made entirely of matchsticks and a custom console with pitchforks and shovels for legs), the overall effect is soothing and uplifting, heavy on muted colors. “My life is quite hectic,” Stark says. “I needed to make my permanent space an antidote to the pizzazz of the theater of events.”
*A version of this article appears in the January 25, 2016 issue of New York Magazine.