Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

Back in April, New York designer Stephen Burks treated us to a Friday Five filled with his favorite contemporary art picks. This week, for Deconstruction, Burks takes us behind the scenes at the factory responsible for producing his first ever collection of outdoor furniture, DALA by Stephen Burks with DEDON. The pieces are handwoven with fiber developed by Dedon that is made of 75 percent recycled Tetra Pak from food and drink packaging, mixed with recyclable polyethylene. It’s the first time the material is being used. Below you’ll see how it is woven through an extruded aluminum mesh frame.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

Dedon weavers are working on the first prototype. This is the first time Dedon has been woven directly onto an actual piece.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

The inner structure of each piece is also its surface, which allows them to be hollow and light.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

Burks talks to the weavers about how the piece should, or can be, woven.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

A closeup of the weaving process.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

Each morning begins with exercises. You can see Stephen in the back (white shirt) and Nicola Rapetti, Dedon’s creative director (white shirt and hat). Each department wears a different color Dedon shirt. In addition to exercise, the employees often take part in Karaoke battles.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

Stephen shows Herve Lampert, Dedon CEO, the substructure of Dala.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

Stephen works with the R+D team on the technical aspects of Dala.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

Weaving a lounge chair on the left, and what looks to be an ottoman on the right.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

A worker positions himself inside the substructure to adjust the weaving from within.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

Stephen, with Vince Lampert, the managing director of the Cebu factory (and brother of Herve). The factory employs up to 2,500 people during the high season.

Dala by Stephen Burks with Dedon in home furnishings  Category

The DALA collection consists of a lounge chair, an ottoman and a stool that doubles as side table, as well as a regular side table. The collection will be available in late 2012/early 2013.