The summer is coming to its end and design lovers in New York are anticipating for the upcoming National Design Awards, the annual event that comes to celebrates design and to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement. This remarkable program was conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, first launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council. The list of winners for 2015 includes Lifetime Achievement Award for Michael Graves who died earlier this year, and Director’s Award to renowned textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen. I was particularly pleased to see the National Design Awards’ recognition of Stephen Burks, winner of the Award for Product Design. Burks has dedicated his work to building a bridge between authentic craft traditions, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design. With his New York–based studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, he has produced products, furniture, lighting, and exhibitions for a range of international clients, including B&B Italia, Boffi, Cappellini, Dedar, Dedon, Harry Winston, Missoni, Moroso, Parachilna, Roche Bobois, and Swarovski. His work was recently celebrated in a solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
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