David Weeks is no stranger to the digital “pages” of Design Milk, as the New York designer has been at the forefront of modern product design since opening his eponymous studio in 1996. From bold lighting to angular furniture to imaginative wooden toys, the designer continues to expand his repertoire of sculptural goods that no doubt double as art. Besides designing, he opened a storefront in Tribeca in 2013 that merges a gallery with a creative lab, allowing the studio to explore installations and collaborations as desired. In this week’s Friday Five, Weeks shares a diverse mix of picks, including places, music, and words, that keep him inspired.
1. Louse Point, Long Island
My wife Georgie’s parents have a little house on the peninsula up there. It’s a really special spot, inextricable in my mind from spending time with the family. The light in Louse Point, so natural and abundant, is gorgeous. 4:00 is great. The peak of the afternoon is ending and daylight is just starting to wane, and dusk takes three hours.
2. Big Daddy Kane
His song “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” comes to mind. Hip-hop is the only musical style that was “invented,” so to speak, in my lifetime. I have a connection to it because of that, which is unsurprisingly enough something I’ve carried into my design work. The Boi shade is named after Big Boi, for example. Anyway, this song and Big Daddy Kane’s music are, fair to say, things I love.
3. The Odeon
This place is one of those artifacts left around from “The Old New York,” the 80s New York. Sitting at the bar for cocktail hour is the perfect moment.
4. “In The Skin of a Lion” by Michael Ondaatje
The detail in the language that the author uses, these unspoken descriptions of the main characters that are conveyed in the spaces and the silences of the writing, it’s all really inspirational. A reminder that artistically and, I suppose, otherwise, there’s power in the understated.
5. Dakar, Senegal
Madness can be mundane over there. We’re working on a collection right now with craftspeople in Dakar so we’ve been back and forth. Life and relationships seem so honest. We don’t share a language other than design, and that is enough for us all.