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Burks Stephen

Burks Stephen

Stephen Burks and his New York studio, Readymade Projects,have been responsible for creative design direction on projects ranging from retail interiors and events to lighting, furniture and industrial design.

He has developed innovative concepts for international brands including Aid To Artisans, Cappellini, Covo, David Design, E&Y, Estee Lauder, Herman Miller, Idee, Missoni, Mogu, Moroso, Triple 5 Soul, Vitra and Zanotta. He has consistently been the first African-American industrial designer to ever collaborate with these companies.

Stephen’s projects have been exhibited around the world at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, Tokyo Design Week, the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the 2003 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Design Triennial, as well as an upcoming solo exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Stephen studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Product Design at the IIT Institute of Design, as well as attending Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture.