Wild West at BDGA Collaborators
Wild West by BDGA was a multi-disciplinary art and design installation that was made possible by an A-team of creative professionals with a wonderfully diverse set of skills and interests. Although the project was viewed as an exhibition of art and design, it was also an exhibition of skill and talent.
Process photography has been paired with written descriptions provided by collaborators.
Initial configuration in cubbies on west wall at Bodega
Hidden within a secret passage of a dusty unmarked convenience store in Boston lies one of the most talked about retail concepts on the planet. Bodega is not advertised, and one would never accidentally stumble upon it, yet its tightly curated shelves sell out of product and the crew’s own design projects cause campouts in cities around the globe and bidding wars for knockoffs online.
Founded in 2006, Bodega’s focus on limited edition sneakers and menswear through the lens of art and design has transformed the shop into a cultural brand. Bodega designs co-branded products for Nike, Adidas, Converse, and Reebok as well as their own sportswear brand which is distributed globally. Bodega also houses art installations in the retail space and operates the Fourth Wall Project – a 3,000 sq ft art gallery in Boston. In march of 2014, Bodega launched its first retail location outside of North America - the Bodega AndA Pop Up shop in Tokyo, Japan.
Early prototype of Ol'Buck Hanger N0. 15 with Brad Crane
My name is Brad Crane and I am a designer and engineer that likes making things for humans. Wood & Plastic is my place to gather favorite projects, practice writing, and collect inspirations for future work. It is a work continually in progress.
I have had the pleasure of teaching, lecturing, and making interesting things throughout the USA. Most recently, I co-created and taught Designing Things for Humans, a course on Human Centered design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Professionally I work as a Design Lead at IDEO. There I focus on the creation of interfaces and environments. I have had the joy to work on myriad projects from retail strategy for major manufacturers to textile-based electronics for infant safety to operational infrastructure for regional emergencies.
If you would like to get in touch, please send an electronic mail to brad [at] wood and plastic [dot] com.
Wall drawing with Tera Hatfield
Multi-disciplinary designer. Classy sneaker-wearer. Simply put, I craft meaningful narratives, I design complete brand experiences. Say hello, I fight for good
Stitching industrial livestock agriculture map with Loyal Supply Co.
Loyal Supply Co. is an online retailer featuring one of a kind products and specialty goods curated by Ryan Habbyshaw and Kimberly LaFoy. The pair works to find and create practical products with time-tested craftsmanship and modern influences that will fit into your design-centric lifestyle.
Fabrication of US Highway Map with Myles O'Brien
Myles O’Brien is a fabrication engineer and woodworker based in Boston. Projects range from carpentry and furniture, to acoustics & audio system design. Interdisciplinary passions include maps, infrastructure, photography and biking around in the woods.
Wild West bandanas in print production with Trifecta Editions
Trifecta Editions is a growing print collective based in Boston and Cambridge. We work with artists from all disciplines to create limited edition screen prints and art objects. Our unique editions are all hand printed and made with a strong focus on quality and craftsmanship. We take pride in a business model that benefits, supports and promotes emerging artists and fosters a new generation of art collectors.
Test print for announcement card with Union Press
We are a letterpress print shop located in Somerville, MA’s Union Square. We use traditional methods, antique presses, wood & metal type and our hands to design and print letterpress posters, art prints, business cards, music packaging, invites and all sorts of other great printed stuff! We do most everything by hand and wouldn’t have it any other way. We offer services that include custom printing, retail and wholesale sales of our prints, and workshops.
Letterpress block setting with Valor
Ryan Habbyshaw and Kimberly LaFoy are a Cambridge-based designer-production team with a passion for realizing creative visions at the intersection of time-tested craftsmanship and modern-inspired design. Their emerging studio is focused on branding, product design, custom illustration, and creative direction.
Passion for craftsmanship is evident in the detail of their design-centric lifestyle. Past experiences at advertising agencies, startups, and product design firm IDEO have given them the knowledge and expertise to produce a wide variety of work.
The two are currently restoring a barn in Central Massachusetts to serve as their studio. In their spare time they can be found playing with their dog, Huckleberry.
Trapeze shelf configuration during Phase 2 Installation with Unlikely Creatures
Unlikely Creatures is the ongoing project of Mark Lewis, an Arizona-based environments and products designer. Lewis launched the firm in 2012 with a vision to channel basic curiosity, bizarre explorations, and near-maniacal diligence into a collection of works that owe their existences less to probability than possibility. Unlikely Creatures lives at unlikelycreatures.com
Trapeze is a wall display for paper goods, prints and other objects of interest. It consists of a furrowed shelf, suspended by a cord from grooved knobs. The shelf and knobs are made from durable American hardwoods, hand-finished with orange oil and beeswax. The waxed cotton cord creates a flexible graphic frame, which can be composed into various shapes by anchoring additional knobs into the arrangement. Each Trapeze includes two knobs, two #10 brass screws, and one black cord. Trapeze is available for in-store purchase at Bodega and online through Card and Cloth.
Spatial data mapping of frackscape with Steve Walz
Steve works as a landscape architect at Sasaki Associates and is the reigning champion of Snapple trivia amongst other noble achievements.