My dear friend Stephen Burks, one of the most recognised American designers of his generation, is launching the new web site of his company Readymade Projects today. Stephen has developed innovative concepts for renowned international brands including Artecnica, Calvin Klein, Cappellini, Estee Lauder, Moroso, Missoni, Vitra and Zanotta. Back in the days when I was running the design brand David Design I had the joy to develop a product together with Stephen, the lamp Light Frame.
Stephen’s work has been featured in numerous design publications and journals including 1000 New Designs,Young Designers Americas, Design Secrets: Furniture, Design in Steel, and New American Furniture Design. Stephen Burk has also been a contributor in issue five of David Report bulletin called Design (in) the Future. Below is a short encapsulation from the bulletin of his thoughts concerning design:
“For me design is the appropriate relationship of things. The traditional notions of design that propell industries like home furnishings through the repetitive cycle of improving, producing and exhibiting existing typologies like the chair, table and lamp over and over again will remain within its small niche of high-consumer societies. But the real influence of design will be felt in the everyday problem solving happening all around us in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd worlds.”