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Designer Spotlight: Mark Marynick, Casci Decorative Plaster

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Mark Marynick is an emerging legend in the Dallas design community.

Dallas native Mark Marynick is an emerging legend in the Dallas design community. His innovative, enthusiastic interpretations of both historic and modern decorative plaster designs transform buildings and homes, giving them an old-world quality that feels equally contemporary and fresh in any environment. Marynick’s ornamental plaster mantels and eye-catching decorative trim will stop you in your tracks, thanks to unparalleled craftsmanship and a tenacity for scale and quality that brings balance and beauty to any space.

We sat down with Mark to learn more about his background, artistry and inspirations, as well as the vision he has for his fan-favorite Dallas-based company, Casci Ornamental Plaster.

What prompted you to join Casci Plaster?

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Growing up in Dallas, I was always interested in art. My mother is an artist and I took several art classes when I was a student at Highland Park High School. After getting injured playing football for Harvard, I jumped back into a few art and studio classes with my new found free time. I couldn’t get enough of it. Art has really always been a part of my identity and the pursuit of artistic interests has been a passion all my life.

After working in the private equity world for many years, I heard about Casci from a notable local architect and family friend, Wilson Fuqua, who told me that Casci was a company in need of bailout. It was the right time and buying the company brought together many of my acquired skills at once – from understanding the business side to art history and craftsmanship. I never looked back!

Tell us about Casci; what kind of workmanship and products do you offer?

Casci Ornamental Plaster was founded in 1930 by Mr. Casci, an Italian immigrant and skilled plasterer devoted to his passion for sculpting beautiful, authentically designed ornamental pieces. I took over the company in 2017 and today we continue to maintain the high level of integrity that Casci has always been known for with adherence to traditions of excellence and attention to classical architecture.

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Where do you find inspiration?

I love to travel – across the US and around the world. My sister lives in London and every time I visit I enjoy wandering in and out of the city’s incredible buildings – the grand painted hall of The Royal Naval Academy in Greenwich and the Birmingham Stock Exchange building in Birmingham are two of my favourites! The attention to detail is second to none.

Last week I was at The Plaza Hotel in New York City for The Orchid Dinner to benefit The New York Botanical Garden, where one of my plaster urns was used by Dallas designer Javier Burkle in his tablescape. As we walked down a flight of stairs to the gala, I couldn’t take my eyes off the hotel’s plaster — I love analyzing designs and applications wherever I can find them!

What projects are you most excited about this year?

We’ve had the honor of working on a variety of exciting projects over the years, from multiple rooms at both the 2020 and 2021 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas and a beautiful historic project in New Orleans, just to name a few. to name. This year I love the work we’re doing at Old Parkland and at a large residence on Turtle Creek near the University Park fire station. We are also collaborating with acclaimed NYC architect Peter Pennoyer on a new project.

In addition, we anticipate plans to move Casci’s operations to a new, consolidated location in Ms. Baird’s old building just east of downtown, hopefully by the end of 2022! We can’t wait to provide designers and industry professionals with a one-stop location to view and discuss projects with us.