Industrial designer extraordinaire Stephen Burks is noted for his seamless integration of classic handcrafts and modern aesthetics. His newly launched Rajboori Collection-- created at the suggestion and with the cooperation of young Indian entrepreneur Mitun Chakrabarti, who approached Burks at a design conference-- features brightly hued, geometrically patterned throws, cushions, and bedding made of luxurious eco-silks.

The artisanal textiles, which boast the resilience of cotton, are produced in by a group of families living a small Indian village that has been engaged in silk weaving for centuries. Learn more on the website of German design magazine, Form. No word on where Rajboori will be sold, but it the collection will be on view to retailers and buyers at the New York International Gift Fair (Jan 25-29).

Photo from the New York Times Magazine

At 39, Burks is already a powerhouse of productivity: his firm, Ready Made Projects, has produced work for B&B Italia, Missoni, Calvin Klein, Triple Five Soul, Tods, David Yurman, and other big names. Burks has been hailed as one of the most recognized American industrial designers of his generation.


January 22, 2009 at 1:36 PM Anonymous said...

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January 23, 2009 at 9:05 AM Style Noir said...

And that's precisely what I want it to be!

Glad to be of assistance :-)

August 12, 2009 at 12:35 PM Bri said...

This is great! I love this. Your blog is wonderful -- I'm a part of the diaspora in the West Indies.