Meet THE OTHERS, an anthropomorphic lantern collection that ventures into decorative art. Playful, colorful, sculptural and sophisticated, THE OTHERS consists of a variety of hand-woven lanterns that, presented individually or arranged in totem-like stacks, take on the appearance of illuminated characters. Pairs of hand-made acrylic eyes, available as accessories, gaze back at the viewer with humor, curiosity and even a little mischief.
The concept of influential American designer Stephen Burks, whose work frequently touches on the meaning of handicraft and the humanity of those who create it, the collection began as an exploration into abstract figurative design. Invited to exhibit a special project in South Africa, Burks developed THE OTHERS as a response to the misinterpretation of “places less known and their peoples.”
According to the designer, a frequent DEDON collaborator and the winner of his own country’s prestigious National Design Award, “I imagined a colorful community of dreamers, full of personality, gazing back at the rest of the world with ambition, sophistication and pride. They appeared to me almost like ambassadors or guides into our imagination.”
DEDON, which has partnered with Burks on such original, award-winning collections as DALA and AHNDA, was so inspired by the one-off project that it proposed to put THE OTHERS into production, using the company’s international platform to introduce it to a global audience. “My relationship with DEDON allows me the freedom to explore ideas outside of traditional briefs,” Burks explain, “and this is what I think makes the company so iconic.”
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