The ‘Man Made’ exhibition showcases how handmade objects can be translated into contemporary forms.
Craft is proving to be an incredibly versatile area of human experience, enduring the increasing amount of digital interaction we conduct and evolving through nimble digital:analog crossovers.
And amid the recent clamour and excitement over what 3D printing will mean for the future of product design comes Stephen Burk’s ‘Man Made’ exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem, a stunning celebration of human craft, and an important touchstone for all those concerned with designing functional and beautiful products.
‘Man Made’ exhibition is inspired by Burks collaboration with Senegalese basket weavers based in New York and Dakar as well as projects with artisans in South Africa, Peru and India. Basket weaving technique will be applied in a number of different objects, from tables and lamps to chairs.
The diversity of objects on show are a testament to basket weaving’s ability to combine functionality and aesthetically pleasing features extremely well.