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National Design Award-winner Stephen Burks to visit Philadelphia Museum of Art, CHAD, and Roche Bobois in October

September 1, 2016 | Press Releases, DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Designer Stephen Burks will take part in a three-event celebration of his achievements during DesignPhiladelphia in October 2016. Burks will conduct a workshop with students at the Charter High School for Architecture + Design , present an illustrated lecture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art , and exhibit his recent work at Roche Bobois ’ Old City showroom. The events are organized by Collab , the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s friends group supporting modern and contemporary design; the Center for Architecture and Design; Stephen Burks Man Made; and Roche Bobois home décor. Burks first collaborated with Roche Bobois in 2014 to design the European TRAVELER Hooded Armchair. In 2015, the Brooklyn-based designer became 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...more
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May 2, 2014 | DesignPhiladelphia, From our Friends
The advent of 3-D printing and its potential impacts on the future of design will be the subjects of the annual spring lecture organized by Collab, the group for modern and contemporary design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hod Lipson, co-author of Fabricated: The New World of 3D Design, will discuss his recent book and share his outlook on dramatic advances that offer the possibility of loading printers with dough, sugar, chocolate, or edibles to make design worthy food. Lipson will also consider the social implications of making such small-scale commodity production tools, previously employed by a few, available to almost anyone.more
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November 20, 2013 | Design Competitions, From our Friends
World-renowned designer, Marc Newson, will be in Philadelphia to receive Collab’s 2013 Design Excellence Award this Friday, November 22nd. He will give an illustrated lecture about his work in the Van Pelt Auditorium followed by a subscription preview and buffet supper, hosted by Collab, in the Museum's Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. The most influential industrial designer of his generation, Marc Newson (Australian, born 1963) has designed everything from a dish rack to a personal jet, some pieces mass-produced, others one-offs, for both companies and art galleries. As creative director of Qantas Airways, Newson redesigned the interiors and fittings of the airline’s Airbus fleet, including cabin lighting and seats as well as its in-flight tableware.more