We recently shot the official Team USA Basketball team portrait with the amazing Urban NYC production team and the legendary photographer Danny Clinch. The shoot took place in a Boys & Girls club in Manhattan. We designed, built, stained and distressed the backdrop wall you see here. It is 40-foot long and made of reclaimed wood from an old garage in upstate New York. Go Team!
In late October, we were blessed with the opportunity to build and dress the two sets for cultural icon and pop legend David Bowie’s Lazarus music video. The production design was done by Jan Houllevigue. The shoot was produced by Svana Gisla & Co LTD. A quote from director Johan Renck sums up the experience pretty well,
“One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that… I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was….I’ve basically touched the sun”
We recently built the set for the cover of Tim McGraw’s latest album, Damn Country Music.The shoot was produced by Urban NYC and the photo was taken by legendary rock-and-roll photographer, Danny Clinch. We set up this white, 5-sided set in a soggy field in New Jersey. The forecast called for rain, but magically, the clouds broke and Danny was able to get some amazing shots! Tim painted the words on the back wall of the set himself. Not bad, Tim. Not bad at all.
We recently worked with photographer Erik Almas on a shoot featuring The Roots members Questlove and Black Thought for Martell Cognac. The shoot was produced by TNC Productions and was shot in Manhattan at The Back Room. Below you’ll see two custom fabricated vanities designed specifically for the space. Our team also prop styled and decorated the lounge space shown here as well. The shot is intended to depict the two legendary performers enjoying a Martell cognac prior to one of their epic performances. Check out this photo of the shoot below, courtesy of Erik’s blog.
We recently shot two different Johnnie Walker advertisements for their current JOY WILL TAKE YOU FURTHER campaign. The spots were shot by legendary photographer, Martin Schoeller. The first one you see features sculptor Arran Gregory and the commissioned “Walking Man” sculpture he crafted in his signature faceted mirror style. The second grab is a music studio set-build. Here we built the studio and then covered every imaginable surface with authentic acoustic sound foam. Famed music producer Don Jazzy struts through with an array of vintage microphones sourced by our prop team. Two totally different shoots, two amazing results. Check it out!
We recently replicated the legendary portrait from the Family Ties TV intro. The frame was custom built in our shop and the painting was hand-painted by one of our artists. It was a cover shoot for Entertainment Weekly shot by photographer Alexei Hay. It was eventually autographed by the entire cast and is set to be auctioned off to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
This Summer, we turned two used shipping containers into an indoor/outdoor photo exhibition for our client, Instagram. Brooklyn Bridge Park plays host to Photoville, a pop-up photo fair that runs for two weeks toward the end of each Summer. Instagram approached us about merging two 40-foot shipping containers and designing it into one unique, photo-driven environment. After each 4-ton container was placed side by side our team joined them as one unit. Guests started their photo experience by ascending our “weathered” staircase. The entire upper perimeter is bound by a unique, metal railing design, that our welding team fabricated. Once atop, guests viewed the five custom-built “photo-totems” and took in the stunning view of Manhattan. After we cut a hole into the roof of one of the steel box containers, we installed a custom-fit spiral staircase that allowed guests to descend into the gallery. The guests could roam freely between the two containers admiring each photo. For a final touch we rolled out a “lawn” across the entire gallery floor and roof.
Check out the photos below. It was such a fun build, THANKS INSTAGRAM!
As always, we had great fun with photographer Martin Schoeller on this GQ feature shoot with Jeffrey Tambor. We spent the entire day shooting at Mr. Tambor’s home outside of New York. His two sons, Hugo and Eli, caused a ruckus while Martin snapped away. We also styled their “Cowboy and Indian” outfits for one of the shots.
Below the photos, you’ll find link to the video as well.
We recently built elements for MAS Event + Design and their client Google. The event was held at the Manhattan Classic Car Club in Tribeca. The event was family geared, so you’ll see several fun, colorful pieces we built below. You’ll notice a large green starburst table, a 15-foot TV-wall with a glowing “Play” button, 2 pallet tables with a 3-D carved, color gradient drip facade, a custom slinky tree and a Toca Boco “barn” amongst other elements.