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The Materiallists: Chad Hodge

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Chad Hodge is from Louisville, KY and currently working as an industrial designer in Brooklyn, NY.

Chad Hodge is from Louisville, KY and currently working as an industrial designer in Brooklyn, NY.

Chad is from Louisville, Kentucky, went to school at the college of DAAP at the University of Cincinnati and traveled to New York a month after graduation where he's worked as an independent freelancer since. He's worked for various firms in the city as well as start ups on a wide range of products and is most well known for the 'Bullitt' helmet which was produced through Bell Helmets. Chad also builds motorcycles at his shop Cardinal Motors in Brooklyn. He loves motorcycles and riding.

Chad's interest in industrial design comes from wanting to solve problems in our physical world: "To make an aesthetically pleasing object that also improves a problem is fun. So is understanding how objects work and fit into our world. It is an ever evolving process to mold the objects around us to fit within our environment as it has been for most of civilization. To me this is interesting and very exciting to be a part of."

Deiter Rams' mantra that in any given object you design, everything should be where it is for a reason, is a main inspiration for Chad, who often asks himself 'why am i putting that there?'when designing — design isn't just for design's sake. Chad wants to do something totally new, especially when he can design something that actually improves quality of life for people.

We are currently collaborating with Chad on a never-seen-before umbrella design, fusing technology and upcycling.

> Chad's website

The Materiallists: Brooklyn Woodshop

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Chris Abbadessa and Michael Sheets at Brooklyn Woodshop.

Chris Abbadessa and Michael Sheets at Brooklyn Woodshop.

Brooklyn Woodshop was formed in 2013 by three friends with a mutual love and admiration for design and woodworking. These guys work mostly in custom furniture design, building pieces to enhance life in the small living spaces of New York City.

Michael Matthews went to school for Strategic design and management at Parsons, The New School for Design. While attending school, he began to build frames for fellow students. From there he began expanding into furniture before getting together with Chris Abbadessa and Michael Sheets to form Brooklyn Woodshop.

Prototyping one of the MATERIALL jump ropes to be presented at Milan Design Week.

Chris Abbadessa is a hands on worker, first working general construction before apprenticing with another New York woodworker and then forming his own company. Michael Sheets also worked in general construction and woodworking before moving to New York. He began by building frames for fellow artists in the area, while also building furniture for his own home.

The three guys got together and discovered a mutual love for the same work, then quickly formed a company and began building. They are driven by creating new, unique, and functional furniture and pieces for the city.

We are collaborating with Brooklyn Woodshop on a range of sculptural jump ropes in wood that connects art and exercise. A collection of unique — and functional — design objects.

> Brooklyn Woodshop's website