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Stephen Burks Man Made

New York

"Coming to Guild is like coming home. It seems Design with a capital D has come to Cape Town and its being led by artisan designers, as it should be."
- Stephen Burks

Stephen Burks is both a traveller and a designer. Having worked since 2005, in over 10 countries with hundreds of craftsmen as a hands-on design collaborator mixing artisanal techniques with industrial production, he believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives.

Burks brings to GUILD his Man Made project, which he launched in South Africa 10 years ago. The work bridges the gap between authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design.

Stephen is the founder and director of the New York based design consultancy Stephen Burks Man Made, whose work for global brands as diverse as Boffi, Cappellini, Dedon, Estee Lauder, Harry Winston, Missoni, Parachilna and Roche Bobois brings the hand to industry in exciting new ways.