We have been following David Weeks' work for years (and buying his light fixtures: I own three of them and Julie convinced me to get her one, too, at one of David's sample sales). His latest venture is a new showroom in Tribeca devoted to exhibiting his own pieces as well as the work of designers he admires.
For the just-opened inaugural exhibit, Brass and Leather, Weeks has reimagined his Semana Chair as a limited edition of 40, made in collaboration with Big Bend Saddlery in Alpine, Texas. The show also features the brass basketry work of Nyack, New York, artist Rodger Stevens, as well as a new lighting series, Fenta, which draws on brutalist inspiration and technique.
Above: Weeks' tall sculptural Cernan Light in black welded steel illuminates his new Folha tables and prints by Brooklyn artist Todd St. John. Weeks describes the showroom as "a working studio that will allow me the creative freedom to make and share one-of-a-kind prototypes, collaborations, and work from other talented artists."
Above: A sandal maker friend in Marfa led Weeks to Big Bend Saddlery, the longest continuously operating saddlery in West Texas, in operation for over a century.
Above: Weeks calls the Big Bend Saddlery approach to treating and stitching leather the "slow cowboy process."
Above: The saddle leather of the David Weeks' Semana Chair is 1/8 inch thick, giving the sling of the chair a sturdiness that will age well and soften over time. It's an investment piece to own for a lifetime, and you don't need a stable.
Location of David Weeks Studio in downtown New York: