The survival of traditional craftwork may not lie solely in their preservation, but perhaps in their adaptation into modern design. New York City-based designer Stephen Burks is a self-admitted "design activist" who tries to bridge the gap between the two, in order to "re-invent" regional crafts and to help artisanal communities sustain themselves socio-economically.
DALA, his latest foray into this field, is a collection of outdoor furniture made in collaboration with German furniture company Dedon and was recently shown at Milan Design Week. Made from a unique combination of recycled food-and-drink packaging, along with recyclable, extruded polyethylene, all woven into a powdered aluminum framework, and coming in three different shades: fire, grass and sea. Some better close-ups in this video featuring Burks:
Taking its name from the Senegalese term "to make," the DALA collection skillfully navigates between traditional modes of making with modern function and aesthetic, re-adapting the old into a more sustainable new. More info over at Dedon and Stephen Burks' website.