Stephen Burks is one of the most recognized American industrial designers of his generation. He and his New York studio, Readymade Projects, have been responsible for creative design direction on projects ranging from retail interiors and events to packaging, consumer products, lighting, furniture and home accessories. He has developed innovative concepts and products for renowned international brands including Artecnica, Audi, B&B Italia, Boffi, Calvin Klein, Cappellini, Coty Prestige, Estee Lauder and Missoni, as well as continuing his commitment to sustainable design in the developing world as a design activist through his association with the American non-profits Aid To Artisans, the Nature Conservancy and the Clinton Foundation.
Since 2005, Stephen has worked as a consultant collaborating with artisans around the world in Australia, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Senegal building a bridge from authentic developing world artisanry to first world distribution. In 2007, he designed the Tatu wire table collection produced by hand in South Africa for Artecnica’s Design With Conscience program. In 2008, he designed Cappellini’s first ever eco-conscious collection entitled Cappellini Love. In 2009, Stephen was