Celebrating at a New Year's Eve party planned by the extraordinary David Monn would be otherworldly— for the fortunate few who might be doing so, Happy New Year. For US we are voyeurs into Monn's The Art of Celebration, a new book with his wizardry for setting the mood, published by Vendome Press. Happy New Year!
Anyone who has ever struggled with a paltry budget for a worthy charity event fortunate enough to be in charge of decorations will drown in Monn's lush and exquisite party orchestrations.
I remember David Monn from years ago in a feature, I think in Town and Country, where he and his longtime friend Gayfryd Steinberg had created the most beautiful nut topiary, trees, swags and wreaths for Christmas. At the time, Bergdorf Goodman sold some of them and I acquired a pair of topiaries that I still use in my den during the holidays. Still quite lovely, they along with other "nuts" I've gathered over the years hang, and sit on tables in the room all winter. (Steinberg's wedding reception is included in the book)
A Michigan Fiftieth Anniversary celebrated with caviar in an ice carved bowl with the cavair surrounded by grapes.
For all the incredible stories Monn's parties tell, one of his hallmarks is his original eye. A freshness that is rare in party planners. Yes, of course they should all be creative, they must be, but Monn's ability to "play" with traditions is unmatched. It's not just lavishing flowers everywhere—& there is that in The Art of Celebrating- but it is his fresh approach that is evident in the over 350 pages of the weighty book.
The elegance of simplicity, and whimsy were incorporated in a Monn planned Bar Mitzvah.
"Beauty is a necessity, not a luxury." -David Monn
Featuring 26 events David Monn has orchestrated in his twelve year career, The New York Times calls him "the Architect of Style," Maestro might be more appropriate. His memorable designs are meant to be "shared, lived, and felt." His three favorite words: Authenticity, Scale and Detail are quickly recognized by readers within the pages of The Art of Celebrating.
The altar decorations at the High Line Hotel in New York.
As if Monn's work wasn't enough, the book includes his on home—never before published. His 5000 square foot home near his offices in the Flower District, and in never doubted Monn-style his approach is pure, refreshing, Zen-like yet steeped in period design, and of course it is ultra-elegant. I can only compare it in terms of appearance as having a bit of the Blass effect.
It's really quite brilliant.
Monn's career one time career in decoration and interior design awaits him—but why would he? His calendar is full—no doubt in 2017, and the years to come.
I hope for all— the best in the New Year— we certainly need it.