Inspiration: Stephen Burks!

I am pickin’ up what Stephen Burks is layin’ down! Man oh man! As I peeled through the current Elle Decor, this wonderful designer’s look and work certainly caught my eye. I’ll add that I am quite late on being privy to his contributions- he has been making waves in industrial and hand-made design for some time now. Little did I know the things that I have been loving have his stamp on it. A name to a product!

Here’s what I saw in Elle Decor – click the link to read the article. Featured are some of Burks’s stools made in collaboration with the Italian fabric company Dedar. There they are below – brilliant, hand-made with lovely texture, looking strong and lasting for years. I covet these stools. These treasures consist of rope, fabric trimmings, and rubber.

Stephen Burks collaboration with Dedar. Stools are cool!

And another Stephen Burks/ Dedar stool.

Mr. Burks has founded readymade projects inc., making this company his creative hub for designs in retail interiors, events, packaging design, lighting, furniture, home accessories – it seems there’s nothing he can’t tackle. Please visit his site. He’s collaborated with everyone, so naturally you may be familiar! Below are some of my other favorites from Stephen Burks (via plenty of designers and collaborations – I will do my best to footnote!)

Burks’s collaboration for Moroso – M’Afrique collections. Yessssssss!

Stephen Burks basket chair seats/modules.

Shot of various basket modules for lighting, seating, etc. I connect in particular with the plastic kettle – these were everywhere in technicolor when I was in Ghana, West Africa some years ago. I have one at home that is reminiscent of this one. It probably cost 15 cents U.S., but it is one of my most treasured possessions.

The designer Stepen Burks himself with his fabric covered vases. Handsome man to boot!

I hope you’ll follow the rabbit trail on the web to all points leading to Stephen Burks. You will find that he is everywhere in design. He is truly one to watch as he is prolific in his small amount of years. I am stimulated! Mr. Burks – I admire and salute you – will be watching you moving forward. Thank you for your illumination in design! Love it!