David Weeks Studio is an interdisciplinary design practice that conceives and produces nuanced furniture, lighting, and sculptural objects as well as collaborating on custom commissions and experimental projects in varied mediums.
New York designer David Weeks founded the studio in 1996 as an umbrella for his diverse interests, which range from metal fabrication techniques to contemporary toy culture. Over the past two decades, his product line has evolved from a core grouping of elemental lighting fixtures to a broader collection of upholstered seating, side tables, and sculptural objects with a simpatico sense of materiality and detailing. The recent opening of the Tribeca storefront—one part gallery, one part creative lab—provided the opportunity to showcase the full breadth of our collaborations and capabilities—from high-concept light installations and angular, asymmetrical sofas to more experimental offerings.
About David Weeks: David Weeks was born in Madison, Wisconsin, raised in Athens, Georgia, and educated in Providence, where he received his BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. But he is largely associated with another locale: Brooklyn.
The dynamic New York borough is where Weeks founded his namesake studio in 1996, in a repurposed DUMBO factory building. Weeks became a founding member of— and seminal figure in—an emerging local scene that would go on to shape the face of American design. Brooklyn’s unique amalgam of the industrial and the artisanal informed Weeks’ sensibility, and his work in turn helped define the independent design movement that took root there: one that championed the maker and whetted contemporary styling and old-school craftsmanship. Even as Weeks has achieved international acclaim and representation, his aesthetic sensibility remains rooted in his adopted hometown’s local culture.
Weeks moved to New York after college with the intention of becoming a painter. It was a formative apprenticeship with jewelry designer Ted Muehling that inspired his shift from fine art to functional objects. Since founding the studio, Weeks has designed all genres of furniture, but was quickly lauded for his innovative and poetic lighting fixtures—conceived as sculptures to house bulbs. His first series of desk lamps was picked up by Troy, the influential SoHo design destination that served as a who’s-who of cutting-edge contemporary talent in the late ‘90s and early aughts. His work soon expanded in both scale and ambition, resulting in mobile-like chandeliers that play with balance and movement to confer a jewelry-esque quality. These larger statement pieces were represented by the upscale designer showroom Pucci International. Weeks is often credited with helping create the exploding market for high-end, high-design lighting.
In 2013, Weeks fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening a storefront space, a move that allowed him to represent his own work. The Tribeca location has brought renewed attention to the full spectrum and diversity of David Weeks Studio’s work and allowed for new creative investigations.