Few designers marry opposing ideas as compellingly as Stephen Burks, whose creations tend to toe the line between structured and soft, industrial and handcrafted. Dwell is very pleased to announce that this multitalented American designer will be our keynote speaker for Dwell on Design 2014.
Burks, along with his studio Readymade Projects, has taken a multifaceted approach to design that pushes boundaries and shuns restraint. His collaborations with international brands run the creative gamut, from multicolored Missoni patchwork vases, to elegantly rounded Dedon lounge chairs, to woven planters for Calligaris.
Burks' collaboration with Calligaris
But Burks’ design instincts transcend commerce. His craft-driven initiatives spark creativity in the developing world. As a design consultant for the Aid to Artisans organization, Burks fosters economic opportunity for those like the Wayuu women of northern Colombia, whose craft-centric livelihoods and traditions run the risk of disappearing. Burks also participated in The Nature Conservancy’s Design for a Living World exhibition, helping the Australian Noongar people develop and package a line of organic cosmetics.
Burks' Dedon collaboration features lounge chairs
With the strength of his dynamic, colorful design work—from branding to furniture—Burks is a natural fit for Dwell. And what's more, his genuine enthusiasm is contagious. Onstage and in conversation with Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron, Burks will discuss his passion for craft and impart lessons for young designers on how to mesh personal goals with marketable design.
Burks at work on his Dedon collaboration
Dwell is proud to include Burks in our ranks of nice modernists, and we can't wait for Dwell on Design attendees to experience his proprietary mix of energy, rigor, and humor.