After five years of “just making stuff” Brooklyn lighting designer David weeks, 32, says he’s finally ready to call himself a designer. “I’m thinking, ‘Oh now I see what design is,’” Weeks says just above a whisper, self-conscious that his twp employees might overhear him. “Initially I think I was just grapping, trying to learn production.”
Today, his graceful lighting fixtures – ‘40s French modern/atomic era meets Calder mobile – can be found in Kate Spade stores and restaurants such as Brasserie in New York City. They are still all made by hand, walking the line between art and design, proof that in some ways, he’s never really strayed far from his fine arts background as a painter and his first gig working in the studio with visionary jewelry designer Ted Muehling.
Having always assumed he would work for his himself, Weeks subsequently made the leap to lamp design “knowing only the work of Charles and Ray Eames,” he says. “And that was good enough for me.”