Visiting Artists Program: Current Lectures
Dala Outdoor Furniture Collection by Stephen Burks for Dedon. Photo: Andreas Franke. Courtesy of Readymade Projects, Inc., New York
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
Tuesday, September 25, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Stephen Burks is one of the most recognized American industrial designers of his generation. His New York studio, Readymade Projects, has been responsible for creative direction and industrial design on projects ranging from retail interiors and events to packaging, consumer products, lighting, furniture, and home accessories. He has developed innovative concepts for renowned international brands such as Boffi, Cappellini, Moroso, Missoni, and Swarovski and continues his commitment to sustainable design by collaborating with artisans in the developing world to transform raw and recyclable materials into functional products. Since 2005, Burks has worked as a consultant for Aid To Artisans, the Clinton Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy, as well as independently for his own Man Made project.
Burks’s designs have been exhibited around the world at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, Tokyo Design Week, the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Design Triennial, among others. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Art & Design and the Studio Museum in Harlem, both in New York City, and at the Design Exchange in Toronto.