Dedon, the first to weave synthetic fiber into luxury outdoor designs, the first to place an absolute premium on quality, the first to become a truly global brand setting the standard for woven outdoor furniture since its founding in 1990 by former professional Bayern Munich footballer, Bobby Dekeyser.
This unique, weather resistant and aesthetically refined fibre called Hularo is produced at the company’s North German headquarters in Luneberg. It was registered as an international trademark and was the beginning of an unparelleled success story of Dedon. Their vision was to create outdoor living rooms furnished with the same attention to looks and luxurious comfort as those inside the home. Changing the way people live outdoors and allowing them to enjoy more of life’s precious moments together under the open skies.
Stephen Burks was born in 1969 and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Burks studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and product design at IIT’s Institute of Design, in Chicago. He then studied architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning in New York. Burks works out of his New York-based design studio called Readymade Projects, where he designs retail interiors, events, packaging, consumer products, lighting, furniture and home accessories. Clients include Audi, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Herman Miller, Ligne Roset, Missoni, Swatch, Target, and Vitra USA. Burks also works with non-profit organizations including Aid to Artisans, the Nature Conservancy, and the Clinton Foundation, to develop sustainable products to benefit local artisans in developing countries. Burks hosts design workshops and he has been a visiting critic at design schools internationally. Honors include the Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Personal Achievement Award, the Brooklyn Museum Young Modernist Award, the Architektur & Wohnen Audi Mentor Prize, and the 2008 United States Artists, Architecture & Design Target Fellowship Grant.