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NYC Event Maestro David Beahm Adds Flower Farming to His Repertoire (Episode 209)

September 1st, 2015

David Beahm (c) Heidi Chowen

David Beahm (c) Heidi Chowen

I was in New York City in late August for the fifth Field to Vase Dinner, held at The Brooklyn Grange.

DV Flora, a major floral wholesaler and an event sponsor, sent one of its top customers as a guest to Field to Vase.

I found out in advance that their guest was none other than David Beahm. I couldn’t resist. I reached out and invited myself to his studio, asking whether we could record an episode of the Slow Flowers Podcast. And, lucky for you, he said YES!

While I don’t really know David, we are somehow friends on Facebook, so I’m well aware of his creative endeavors.

I think we connected after I gave a presentation about the Slow Flowers Movement at the 2014 Chapel Designers Conference in NYC.

Holly Chapple, founder of Chapel Designers, has involved David in her conferences and during the year I was there, the 75-plus participants gathered at David’s giant production and prop warehouse in the Bronx where they created floral samples for The Knot Dream Wedding.

I watched David in action and was thoroughly impressed by the scale on which he works. Plus, he is just a gracious and kind human being. I watched that, too.

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David took our selfie at the Highline after our podcast interview.

David took our selfie at the Highline after our podcast interview.

So two weeks ago, I took a combination of two subways and a bus and ended up at the headquarters for David Beam Experiences, quite close to the now-iconic Highline Public Garden.

What was once Manhattan’s gritty meatpacking district is now populated by high-rent galleries, fine restaurants, designer shops and creatives like Mr. Beam. It was a heady experience just to walk past the Dianne von Furstenburg shop and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

I arrived and rode the elevator to the 11th floor of what probably was once a warehouse but is now a sleek, uber-modern complex, entering David Beam’s atelier where I was warmly welcomed. We were seated in his light-filled office with eclectic furnishings and a comfortable sofa. That’s where we recorded this interview.

A dreamy David Beahm floral installation for a NYC loft

A dreamy David Beahm floral installation for a NYC rooftop

David Beahm bridal

David Beahm bridal

A true David Beahm "experience."

A true David Beahm “experience.”

A smaller moment, inside a cloche

A smaller moment, inside a cloche

A stunning floral chuppa

A stunning floral chuppa

Before I introduce David’s voice, here’s more about him: David Beahm is founder and president of David Beahm Design, just renamed David Beahm Experiences.

He has drawn from experience with New York’s top florists and special event designers, as well as formal training in theater, television and grand opera, to become one of New York’s top event designers.  A favorite of celebrities, socialites and the fashion world, his work on Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s wedding was featured in magazines and news shows internationally and touted as the “The Wedding of the Century”.  Town & Country magazine has called him “one of New York’s extremely design savvy” talents.

David Beahm at Thistle Dew Farm.

David Beahm at Thistle Dew Farm.

Daevid Reed, head of horticulture/farm manager at Thistle Dew Farm.

Daevid Reed, head of horticulture/farm manager at Thistle Dew Farm.

Thistle Dew Farm, the new outlet for David Beahm's creative expression, as he gets his fingers in the dirt!

Thistle Dew Farm, the new outlet for David Beahm’s creative expression, as he gets his fingers in the dirt!

Beahm has a broad-based background in the arts; thus, he views event design as a combination of theater and art.  Emphasizing style, quality and originality, his creations combine cutting-edge ideas with timeless tradition.  He is an expert at incorporating a client’s personal style into their event to create a memorable and unique occasion.

A David Beahm floral installation.

A David Beahm floral installation.

Artful tulips in a sculptural "swirl"

Artful tulips in a sculptural “swirl”

Catering to an elegant and diverse client base, David Beahm Design has staged some of the most talked about corporate and social events in New York and internationally.  New York Magazine has named David one of the top wedding designers in the city and Beahm was recently named to The Knot magazine’s ‘Best of…’.   BizBash.com named Beahm one of “New York’s Top Ten.”

His work has appeared in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Elle Décor, House and Garden, New York Magazine, People, US, Bride’s, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, Town and Country, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and many other prominent publications.  As the Bridal Design Expert of the late Marshall Field’s department stores, he created the Valentine’s Day “Win a David Beahm Dream Wedding” at Marshall Field’s in Chicago.

At the request of the Target Corporation, David had the privilege of creating a designer table for Elle Décor’s ‘Dining by Design’ which toured the country on exhibition for three years.  In December, he completed an eight city tour for Van Cleef and Arpels and Neiman Marcus: ‘Une journée à Paris.’

More loveliness by David Beahm

More loveliness by David Beahm

David Beahm unveiled an entirely new web site yesterday and I invite you to follow links to discover his rebranded company David Beahm Experience.

Follow David Here:

David Beahm on Facebook

David Beahm on Twitter  (@davidbeahmdesign)

David Beahm on Instagram  (@davidssnaps @davidbeahm)

By the way, I found an online article called “Is dirt the new prozac,” about a 2007 study, which is possibly the one to which David referred in our conversation. Check it out.

Listeners have downloaded the Slow Flowers Podcast more than 62,000 times. Until next week, you’re invited to join me in putting more American grown flowers on the table, one vase at a time. And If you like what you hear, please consider logging onto Itunes and posting a listener review. THANK YOU to each and every one of you for downloading, listening, commenting and sharing. It means so much.

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The Slow Flowers Podcast is engineered and edited by Andrew Wheatley and Hannah Holtgeerts. Learn more about their work at shellandtree.com.

Music credits:
Monk Turner – “Loquacious Larissa”
http://monkturner.bandcamp.com/album/instrumental-friends-part-3
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
Additional music from:

audionautix.com

2 Responses to “NYC Event Maestro David Beahm Adds Flower Farming to His Repertoire (Episode 209)”

  1. Debra Prinzing » Post » The Flower House Virtual Tour Part 4 with David Beahm and Daevid Reed (Episode 232) Says:

    […] trees on a rainy day. The installation was aptly called “Channeling Mother Nature.” New York-based David Beahm is a past guest of this podcast and Daevid is the director of horticulture at Thistle Dew […]

  2. Debra Prinzing » Post » Episode 260: Blooming in Colorado with Robyn Rissman of BareRoot Flora and Alicia Schwede of Bella Fiori Floral Design and Flirty Fleurs Says:

    […] year ago, when I featured an interview with David on this podcast, he made a statement about wanting to host a Field to Vase Dinner on his new cut flower farm. […]

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