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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