Stephen Burks’ Handcrafted Work is Beyond Cross-Cultural

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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.


September 2, 2022

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.