Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Mark Stumer

For just shy of a quarter of a century, Mark Stumer has made immense strides in the design world for his outstanding and award-winning architecture. Since creating Mojo Stumer with co-founder Thomas Mojo, they have been able to construct residential and commercial properties including spas and educational centers, all over the country. What separates their firm is prioritizing client confidence, having expertise in architectural design, and a commitment to technological innovation that inspires their development in furnishings and interior design. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Mark Stumer.

Mojo Stumer designed this home with a unique departure from the flat roof and huge floor-to-ceiling windows that allows for natural light to swaddle you as you enter the home.

Andrew Joseph: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Mark Stumer: A photographer. I photograph almost, if not all, of our projects.

Andrew: What’s the weirdest thing a client has ever asked you?
Mark: About a very special bed.

Andrew: What’s your design pet peeve?
Mark: Settling for mediocrity.

This minimalist and contemporary home is Mojo Stumer’s Old Westbury project. Sleek lines, natural materials and intricate design make this home as unique as it is modern. The depth and layers of this house truly encapture the surrounding area it’s located in.

Andrew: What was your first job?
Mark: My first job ever was a motorcycle mechanic. The first project I worked on as an architect was a residence in Roslyn Estates for a retired couple.

Andrew: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
Mark: A dream client or project would be a museum, ideally with government backing. We haven’t done something like that before and with the right budget, you can create a piece of artwork as part of the conceptual idea of the museum itself.

Andrew: How would you define your work in three words?
Mark: Very creativity detailed.

This spacious Miami Penthouse apartment is a pop art fantasy. Mojo Stumer paid an incredible attention to detail with this space and even elevated the kitchen to overlook the living area and breakfast nook.

Andrew: What’s inspiring you in life (in the industry) right now?
Mark: As I move further into my career, I’m inspired by the challenge to see my firm move beyond me once I retire.

Andrew: What would you like to be remembered for?
Mark: Being a good guy.

Andrew: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Mark: I love the home in the movie Parasite – without, of course, the prisoner in the basement.

About The Designer | Mark D. Stumer is one of the founding principals at Mojo Stumer Associates. He has practiced architecture as a principal for over 30 years. Before the formation of Mojo Stumer Associates Architects, he worked for a New York City architectural firm where he was lead designer on many award-winning projects. His expertise in architectural design, interiors and project management has enabled Mojo Stumer Associates Architects to develop into the organization it is today. Mr. Stumer sees architecture as an entire design process where the architectural design does not end with a building form, but must include the function and aesthetics of the interiors for the project to be complete.

His responsibility at Mojo Stumer Associates, in addition to his architectural projects, leans towards design development and interior design, along with the responsibilities of marketing, social networking, public relations and firm management. He was instrumental in starting the Interiors Department at Mojo Stumer, takes pride in its present status, and has an active role in its design direction and daily management.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for aspire design and home magazine. See more of his work here.

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