Stephen Burks is both a traveler and a designer.
Independently and through association with the non-profits Aid To Artisans, Artesanias de Colombia, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Network Africa and the Nature Conservancy, Stephen has worked as a product development consultant in Australia, Colombia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa and Senegal.
Stephen believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives. His Man Made project bridges the gap between authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design.
He and his studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, have been commissioned by many of the world’s leading design-driven brands to develop collections that engage hand production as a strategy for innovation for manufacturers worldwide including B&B Italia, Boffi, Calvin Klein, Cappellini (Cappellini Love, 2008), Calligaris (Variations, 2013), Dedar (Roping, 2011), Dedon (Dala, 2012, Dala Accessories, 2013, Ahnda, 2014), Estee Lauder, Harry Winston (Hidden Gem, 2013), Missoni (Patchwork, 2004), Moroso (M’Afrique, 2009), Roche Bobois (The Traveler, 2014) and Swarovski.
we bring the hand to industry.
In 2011, Stephen had two museum exhibitions in New York City. ‘Stephen Burks Man Made’, his first solo New York museum show, opened at the Studio Museum of Harlem in March 2011 and ‘Stephen Burks Are You A Hybrid’, his first curatorial project, opened at the Museum of Art & Design.
Stephen is a recipient of the Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Professional Achievement Award, the Brooklyn Museum Young Modernist Award, the Architektur & Wohnen Audi Mentor Prize and the 2008 United States Artists Architecture & Design Target Fellowship Grant, as well as the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award winner in product design.