Stephen Burks Man Made
Friday October 14th: 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Van Pelt Auditorium | Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA
Stephen Burks Man Made Collab
Ongoing exhibition throughout DesignPhiladelphia
Roche Bobois Showroom | 311 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
When National Design Award winner Stephen Burks takes the stage on October 14th, it will be the culmination of months of teamwork. This event on the penultimate night of DesignPhiladelphia is the result of a partnership among Collab--the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s friends group supporting modern and contemporary design, the Center for Architecture + Design, and Roche Bobois home décor.
As befits its name, Collab often partners closely with other arts and community organizations—the 2015 Bruce Mau Massive Change workshops at Taller Puertorriqueno, Fleisher Art Memorial, and PennDesign are the most recent examples; every year Collab engages college design programs throughout the east coast to participate in the Collab Student Design Competition; and Collab members work with and learn from international designers, manufacturers and educators throughout the year. Stephen Burks Man Made is another rewarding collaboration.
Based in Brooklyn, Stephen Burks is the first African American to win the National Design Award for product design. While the furniture and products created by his studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, reflect cutting-edge contemporary design, they also incorporate elements drawn from authentic craft traditions, including Senegalese basket-making and industrial manufacturing in a process he calls “returning the hand to industry.”
Since 2005, Burks has consulted with nonprofits including Aid to Artisans, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Network Africa, Artesanias de Colombia and the Nature Conservancy, uniting the artisan, the designer, and global brands. Burks has created designs for international clients like Roche Bobois, who will host a DesignPhiladelphia exhibition of Burks’ work, Stephen Burks Man Made Collab, at Roche Bobois’ showroom at 311 Arch Street from October 7 through October 15.
On November 18th, come back to the Art Museum for another collaboration: meet Collab’s Design Excellence: New Generation Award recipients Oki Sato, Faye Toogood and Zanini de Zanine, from Tokyo, England and Brazil. Their exhibition, Design Currents, opens on November 19th and runs through March.