Celebrated Chicago-born designer Stephen Burks fashions the season's most exquisite armchair.
The design of Stephen Burks’ Asian Traveler hooded armchair was inspired by his travels in Indonesia with Roche Bobois creative director Nicolas Roche.
It’s fitting that venerated French furniture maison Roche Bobois selected Stephen Burks to develop the nomadic Traveler collection for the company’s 40th anniversary in 2014. The Illinois Institute of Technology grad’s bio reads “traveler and designer,” and Burks has long been passionate about fostering design collaborations with artisans from around the world. Inspired by both Europe and America, the collection became instantly iconic.
Now the partnership continues with a new series of outdoor items dubbed Asian Traveler. The centerpiece? A gorgeous, swooping hooded armchair featuring woven, leather-textured polyurethane cord in vibrant orange and yellow and inspired by the rich Indonesian craftsmanship encountered by Burks and Roche Bobois creative director Nicolas Roche in Asia. It’s an ideal outdoor piece for the oncoming al fresco season, says Burks, who received the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for product design.
“It has a very light, almost tropical appeal without sacrificing Roche Bobois’s dedication to comfort.” Furthermore, he says, it fits his own globally aware aesthetic. “[I try to design] products that tell a story and connect to a lifestyle well lived with social awareness and style. The Traveler collection is a great example.” $3,625 at Roche Bobois, 222 W. Hubbard St., 312-955-0275