By way of California, and several years in Europe, Stuart moved as a teenager to New York City and developed a thriving decorative arts business, ultimately opening the Stuart Parr Gallery in Chelsea.At the age of 24, Parr’s design for his Tribeca loft was featured on the cover of New York Magazine’s Design Issue. His next loft donned the cover of Elle Décor and 20 other magazines throughout the world. His iconic Clearhouse on Shelter Island, was photographed for a TSE Cashmere campaign, and for Tod’s by legendary photographer, Elliott Erwitt. Stuart’s most recent architectural design is Marble House Tribeca, a 10,000 square foot townhouse with a 44-ft lap pool set in a quarried room wrapped entirely in Carrara marble. Marble House has already been featured in a number of prominent magazines.
In addition to design, Stuart developed and co-produced the acclaimed hit film “8 Mile”, “Get Rich or Die Tryin”, and is working on several additional film projects, including “Loving Frank”, based upon the life of Frank Lloyd Wright.
In addition, Stuart manages world-renowned industrial designer Marc Newson, and recently oversaw the development of the Newson Aquarama Super by famed Italian boatmaker, Riva. Since 2006, Newson has been a permanent artist with the Gagosian Gallery, selling out shows in both New York and London, with all production managed by Stuart.
Stuart also owns the registered trademark for one of the great design legends of the ‘30s, Jean-Michel Frank, as well as the trademark for modernist Warren MacArthur. As the world expert on MacArthur, Parr has been featured in over 200 magazines, and has curated furniture exhibitions at the Karsten Greve Gallery in Paris, and at the Rico and Marresca Gallery in New York City. In the summer of 2012 Stuart launched his most recent endeavor, the ParrLuxe Sea Cabana. Since then it has been featured in Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, L’officiel Hommes, and Hamptons Magazine among others. So enjoy my interview with Stuart Parr.
Roger- How did you get your start as a Hollywood film producer and How did you get your start as an architect?
Stuart- I have always loved film. I had wanted make a film since I was a child so about 20 years ago a friend of mine at the time had written what I thought was great short story and he wanted to direct it so I decided to produce it. We agreed to split the cost.
I saved and saved and in spite of everyone telling me " DON'T USE YOUR OWN MONEY" well nobody was offering to pay for me to make a film so it was, I pay or I don't make a film so I used the money I saved ,$36,000 and he put up $36,000 and we made this 28 minute short. When we finished it we entered it into a few festivals. It was accepted for International Film Festival in NYC (this was before the Tribeca film festival existed),the British Short film Festival and after that we were able to obtain an agent, so he sold the shirt into a number of territories and we actually recouped some money!
Stuart- I have always loved architecture and design. I started with my bedroom as a child and it carried on as an adult. I started with a bathroom in my first loft and then as I made more money, I made more work and I just increased the budget as I made more money, I was the client until someone finally hired me!
Roger- What is it about architectural design fascinates you?
Stuart- Well for me it's both pleasing to look at and to be in....
Roger- Where did you grow up and what school/ college did you attend?
Stuart- I was born in Detroit and moved to Sacramento when I was 16 months old. I grew up between Sacramento and LA. I had a summer school scholarship to the Art Center in Pasadena and was supposed to continue in the fall, instead I moved to new york at 19 and went to work, I never ended up attending college. I have been in New York since.