Stephen Burks’ Handcrafted Work is Beyond Cross-Cultural
Friends and Neighbors mirrors, 2021, recycled marble and glass, designed by Stephen Burks (American, born 1969), manufactured by Salvatori (Italy, established 1946), courtesy of Salvatori. Photo by Joe Coscia.
Stephen Burks’ last ten years of work are coming to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta Georgia. From Sep. 16, 2022 through March 5, 2023, “Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place” will showcase the industrial designer’s furniture and handmade objects. His first major museum exhibition in over a decade, “Shelter in Place” features over 50 works proving Stephen’s ability to unite art, architecture, and design with craft, community, and industry.
‘“Shelter in Place’ developed during lockdown around the radical reinvention of domestic interior furnishings,” the designer said. Stephen has collaborated with many furniture brands in the past, including Roche Bobois, the exhibition’s presenting sponsor. Several of Stephen’s collaborations with Roche Bobois, including the cocoon-like COIFFE armchair, pieces from the TRAVELER collection, and the RAY collection of chairs, will be on display at the Roche Bobois’ Atlanta showroom during the time of the exhibition. The European TRAVELER and COIFFE armchairs will be at the High Museum, as part of the exhibition and in the Roche Bobois-furnished guest lounge, respectively.
“Roche Bobois is thrilled to support the High Museum in highlighting this incredible designer,” said Cindy Susilo, marketing director at Roche Bobois. “Stephen’s work combines traditional techniques with contemporary design methods and Roche Bobois’ signature French Design.”
Curator Monica Obniski aimed to show visitors work that crosses cultural and national boundaries. “This is especially true for Burks’ practice that examines how objects are made by bringing together diverse perspectives and talents,” she said.
A Free Man clothing, 2013, cotton, designed by Stephen Burks (American, born 1969), manufactured by The White Briefs (Sweden, established 2009), courtesy of The White Briefs. Photo by Joe Coscia
Islands large cabinet, 2019, wood and marble, designed by Stephen Burks (American, born 1969), manufactured by Living Divani (Italy, established 1965), courtesy of Living Divani. Photo by Joe Coscia
“Traveler” Outdoor Armchair with Hood, designed 2015 by Stephen Burks (American, born 1969), made for Roche Bobois (Paris, France, founded 1950), epoxy-lacquered aluminum, leather cords, and upholstery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Roche Bobois, 2016, 2016-123-1a,b. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Pixel Throws, 2020, bamboo, designed by Stephen Burks (American, born 1969), Stephen Burks Man Made, Inc, New York, established 1997, made by Berea College Student Craft, Berea College, Kentucky, established 1855. Photo by Justin Skeens / Courtesy of Berea College Student Craft
Community Baskets, 2020, oak and aluminum, designed by Stephen Burks (American, born 1969), made by Berea College Student Craft, Berea College, Kentucky, established 1855. Photo by Justin Skeens /Courtesy of Berea College Student Craft
Stephen Burks (American, born 1969),Spirit House rendering, 2020, ink and collage on paper, collection of the designer
Anwar lamps, 2015, copper, graphite, and brass, designed by Stephen Burks (American, born 1969), manufactured by Parachilna (Spain, established 2014), collection of the artist. Photo by Joe Coscia
Broom Thing, 2020, mixed materials, designed by Stephen Burks (American, born 1969) manufactured by Stephen Burks Man Made, Inc., (New York, established 1997) and Berea College Student Crafts (Kentucky, established 1855), courtesy of the artist and Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. Photo by Justin Skeens, 2022