Stephen Burks
Principal. Stephen Burks Man Made.

Stephen Burks is both a traveler and a designer and is one of the most recognized American industrial designers of his generation. Independently and through association with the non-profits Aid To Artisans, Artesanias de Colombia, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Network Africa and the Nature Conservancy, Stephen has worked as a product development consultant in Australia, Colombia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa and Senegal. Stephen believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives. His ongoing Man Made project bridges the gap between authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design. Stephen and his studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, have been commissioned by many of the world’s leading design-driven brands to develop collections that engage hand production as a strategy for innovation for manufacturers including B&B Italia, Boffi, Calvin Klein, Cappellini (Cappellini Love, 2008), Calligaris (Variations, 2013), Dedar (Roping, 2011), Dedon (Dala, 2012, Dala Accessories, 2013, Ahnda, 2014, The Others, 2017), Estee Lauder, Harry Winston (Hidden Gem, 2013), Missoni (Patchwork, 2004), Moroso (M’Afrique, 2009), Roche Bobois (The Traveler, 2014) and Swarovski. His work has been exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards including the Brooklyn Museum Young Modernist Award, the Architektur & Wohnen Audi Mentor Prize and the 2008 United States Artists Architecture & Design Target Fellowship Grant. In 2015, Stephen was awarded the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Product Design, the highest honor the United States gives to design.