Stephen Burks

, Readymade Projects
Blown glass vases and bowls that can be combined and recombined in different configurations, creating totemic forms.
Stephen Burks
American, b. 1969
I see it as a great opportunity to try some things out. I mean, I don't normally work in glass. I've only had one opportunity to work in glass in the past…and this was an opportunity for me to try out some new things. To be honest, I expected it to be a bit more technical. I didn't realize the traditional mouth-blown glass process was fun, and I really enjoyed the audience participation.

Stephen Burks was born in 1969 and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  Burks studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and product design at IIT’s Institute of Design, in Chicago.  He then studied architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning in New York. 

Burks works out of his New York-based design studio called Readymade Projects, where he designs retail interiors, events, packaging, consumer products, lighting, furniture and home accessories.  Clients include Audi, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Herman Miller, Ligne Roset, Missoni, Swatch, Target, and Vitra USA.  Burks also works with non-profit organizations including Aid to Artisans, the Nature Conservancy, and the Clinton Foundation, to develop sustainable products to benefit local artisans in developing countries. 

Burks hosts design workshops and he has been a visiting critic at design schools internationally.  Honors include the Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Personal Achievement Award, the Brooklyn Museum Young Modernist Award, the Architektur & Wohnen Audi Mentor Prize, and the 2008 United States Artists, Architecture & Design Target Fellowship Grant.

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During Art Basel in June, 2011, GlassLab presented at the Vitra Design Museum. Designer Stephen Burks describes working at GlassLab during this event.

Events
GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum 2011
Art Basel/Vitra Design Museum |
June 14 - 19, 2011
The Vitra Design Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass partnered together during Art Basel 2011 to provide GlassLab on the Vitra campus. International designers, like Stephen Burks, Sigga Heimis,... more
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Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Designer Stephen Burks at GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011
Design drawing by Stephen Burks for GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum, Art Basel 2011