David Weeks, who has been in Dumbo for ten years, offers one model for Brooklyn designers who want to turn start-ups into viable businesses.
He's best known for his modernist lighting, much of which is available through Ralph Pucci. But Ã¢â‚¬Å“I never meant to be the lighting guy,Ã¢â‚¬Â? says Weeks:
He's also produced chairs for Habitat and has a new furniture line in the works.
Weeks ran the playful, Droog-inspired Butter brand with Lindsey Adelman from 2000 to 2005, which featured many young Brooklyn designers alongside projects like a vending machine that dispensed design pieces.
Originally from Athens, Georgia, Weeks studied painting and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a BFA in 1990. Weeks worked in the studio of jeweler Ted Muehling before founding David Weeks Studio in 1996. Weeks has designed products from lamps to home accessories, chandeliers, mobiles, lounge seating, and custom retail, commercial, and residential projects. Weeks's designs have been used in projects for Barney's New York, Kate Spade, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bliss Spa, Brasserie NYC, and The W Hotels.
In 1999, David Weeks Studio won the Editors Award for Best Lighting at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. In 2000, Weeks launched a furniture line including the Semana lounge chair, which was picked up by Habitat UK. Also in 2000, Weeks teamed with fellow designer Lindsey Adelman to form Butter, a product development company focusing on simple, affordable items for the home. Their debut collection earned an award from Blueprint Magazine at London's 100% Design show, and another Editors Award for Best Lighting at ICFF 2001. In 2003, Weeks was featured in the Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now. In 2004 he was one of seven designers representing New York at Berlin's 7+7 Designmai exhibit. Weeks also teaches at Parsons School of Design as an adjunct professor.