Matthew David Hopkins | Creative Director, 360 Design by Matthew David
I moved to New York in 1992 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The University of Maryland, to look for an inspiring future in design. My first design job was creating flower sculptures for famed restaurateur Pino Luongo. This led to creating floral designs in venues all over New York, expanding into Philadelphia and Washington DC.
One of my clients then asked me to design their party, and one thing led to another. Before long, I set up Matthew David Events and designed and planned events for celebrities like Madonna, Robert De Niro and Jamie Foxx, as well as corporations including Bloomberg LP, Target and Hearst. Politicians have also been influential clients, including Mayor Bloomberg, for whom I designed two inaugurations.
In 1994 I created my first installation and that company evolved into 360 Design Events, which has grown into an influential experiential design and marketing firm. We produce brand experiences, pop-up shops, nonprofit benefits and experiential environments for corporate clients such as Nickelodeon, Hearst, Martha Stewart and Target, and benefits for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Public Art Fund and the Ad Council.