Adam Pickard
Interdisciplinary ACD/Art Director

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Bourgeois Brass Knuckle


Originally designed by Jonathan Sabine, the BBK was later produced in a numbered limited edition run of 50 by the Chromoly studio. Each chrome plated Bourgeois Brass Knuckle came in a laser etched handmade walnut box. The design is in the permanent collection of SFMOMA. Chromoly also licensed the design temporarily to a company in the UK that produced them under a different name.

Role: A design collaboration between Jonathan Sabine and I under the name Chromoly inc.
 

The Road Popper is a bike-mounted bottle opener that we developed for our own use and decided afterward to share. We designed it to attach discreetly to the rails on the underside of the saddle to help keep your bike looking crisp. So far, it’s worked on all the bottle caps we’ve tried it on.

The prototypes produced via stereolithography (3D Printing) in bronze infused stainless. They’re available from Shapeways and cost more than we’d like. But that’s because they’re printed in metal in 3 fucking dimensions. Here’s a link to the store. We recommend taking a look at this info sheet if you’re interested in buying one.

Role: A design collaboration between Jonathan Sabine and I under the name Chromoly inc.

The faux antique metal powder coat used on this pendant fixture and the twisted steel used in the side table - along the facilities that produce them - are common in some Toronto neighbourhoods. Despite this, these materials are generally held in fairly low regard. Little Italy assumes that these materials are a part of a sort of overlooked Toronto vernacular and acknowledges the positive qualities of these materials that have led to their ubiquity.


Date: January, 2012
Role: A design collaboration between Jonathan Sabine and I under the name Chromoly inc.



Ninja Tacks are thumbtacks designed to give the illusion that throwing stars are embedded in a surface. This product is an informal re-imagining of an often overlooked essential office tool.

Role: A design collaboration between Jonathan Sabine and I under the name Chromoly inc.


Two of Chromoly’s past designs, the Ninja Tack and especially Bourgeois Brass Knuckle, emerged as problematic to market. Potential manufacturers were consulted by their lawyers to stay away from them, and Scandinavian retailers 

The Ninja Tacks and Bourgeois Brass Knuckle modified two weapon types to serve a different, non-violent, function. Everyday Weapons inverses this formula so that the capacity of everyday things to be used violently is drawn out of them. A wrench and a pair of scissors are housed in leather holsters, putting them in a context of readiness for use as weapons; and a sling transforms a glass tumbler into a projectile. The leather apparatuses weaponize the objects without altering them.

Role: A design collaboration between Jonathan Sabine and I under the name Chromoly inc.