ninja tack   May 28, 2008 

 ninja tack with packaging   May 28, 2008 

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.

 May 28, 2008 

 January 20, 2009

 January 21, 2009

 ninja tack in use   May 28, 2008 

 ninja tack prep   2008 

 ninja tack shipping   2008 

The Bourgeois Brass Knuckle is a cross between two iconic objects whose cultural and socio-economic associations lie at opposite ends of the spectrum
from one another.

 Bourgeois Brass Knuckle with custom box   shanghoon


 June 01, 2008

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.

From the beginning we hit roadblocks in getting the BBK’s to market. Several potential manufacturers were consulted by their lawyers not to produce them, and (anecdotally) a Scandinavian retailer had the products confiscated by the police.

 Bourgeois Brass Knuckle with custom box.   shanghoon

 The Bourgeois Brass Knuckle appears in Playboy Magazine.   September, 2009

The Bourgeois Brass Knuckle is shown as part of the "How Wine Became Modern" exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

 San Francisco   November 20, 2010 - April 17, 2011

 The Bourgeois Brass Knuckle on diplay at SFMOMA.   November 20, 2010 - April 17, 2011

We were happy to get a mention in the NYT in their review of the SFMOMA show that the BBK appeared in: “Visitors....may be surprised at the cheeky tone of the exhibition..... The last object in the show speaks volumes: a corkscrew shaped like a pair of brass knuckles emerging from a bottle.”

&nbspDecember 2, 2010

Following the "How Wine Became Modern" exhibit The Bourgeois Brass Knuckle was entered into San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) permanent collection.

 May 31, 2011

A design closely resembling ours is used on the post for the movie. "Blood into Wine."

 February 19, 2010

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 had the products taken off their shelves by the police. The objects were being treated like the weapons from which they borrowed their forms. They were clearly carrying semantic baggage with them. This despite the fact that the products have no more potential for lethality than do many common household objects like hammers, kitchen knives, broken bottles. The items were the target of censorship while the equivalent or even greater potential many everyday objects have to cause harm goes unacknowledged.
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.

 wrench holster   shanghoon

 leg holster   shanghoon

 glass slingr   shanghoon

 all 3 everyday weapons in use.   shanghoon

 all 3 everyday weapons on display.   shanghoon

 February 01, 2011

"these guys do have nothing to do" - ivan (designboom commenter)

Chromoly participated in the “Tools” exhibition held January 24th - 30th 2011 at The Department in Toronto.

 Toronto, Canada   January 24th - 30th, 2011

 Azure Magazine   Nov, 2011 

 Tomo Magazine   May, 2011 

 On display at the Design Exchange for Knolling Canadian Design.    Nov.27 - Dec.12, 2012 

Everyday Weapons was exhibited as part of the Design Exchanges "Knolling Canadian Design" Show.

 Toronto, Canada     Nov.27 - Dec.12, 2012 

 New and Improved - Chair   shanghoon

In new & improved the missing or broken parts of old wooden furniture are replicated in bronze. This reverses the relationship of the broken parts to the whole: what were once the weakest parts of the furniture have become the most permanent and precious. The intent is to question the conventional understanding of repair with its exhortations that things be restored, objectively, to their original state.

 New and Improved - Chair   shanghoon

Originally, the description for N&I ended with the Utopian “If you’re going to change something, why not make it better?” It was a satirical line, and betrayed our awareness that in most ways our “improvement” actually undermined the original items.

 New and Improved - Chair   shanghoon

 New and Improved - SIde Table   shanghoon

 New and Improved - SIde Table   shanghoon

 New and Improved - Chair and SIde Table   shanghoon

 New and Improved - Coat Rack   shanghoon

 New and Improved - Coat Rack   shanghoon

 icon magazine   March, 2010

 Italian Design and Architecture Magazine Made 
 September/October, 2010

 Paul Petro Special Projects, Toronto, Canada   January 20 - 30, 2010

setting up.

getting down.

 Paul Petro Special Projects, Toronto, Canada   January 20 - 30, 2010

 UpCycle! Book    Decmeber, 2012

 The Road Popper in use. 

 The Road Popper in in gold and silver. 

 The Road Popper in use. 

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.

 Road Popper Description   2010 

The prototypes produced via stereolithography (3D Printing) in bronze infused stainless. They’re available from Shapeways in Holland 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.

 Road Popper featured in Indaba Magazine    June, 2010

We were surprised to learn how many people didn't understand that rapid-prototyping was expensive and misinterpreted the Road Popper as "hardcore luxury" - Bike Snob NYC

 Bike Snob NYC    August 9, 2010

 Swiss Cycling Magazine “Velojournal.”
 November, 2010

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.

 "Antique" copper vein powder coat. 

 Little Italy Lamps and Side Tables.   shanghoon

While this project is about vernacular and all that, it’s also our contribution to the twin discussions surrounding locally sourced goods and what comprises the Canadian identity. We find the discourse thick with nostalgia, preconceptions, and other kinds of baggage. This led us to look at what materials and styles actually made up our surroundings and to use them even if they were shunned by many (including sometimes ourselves.)

  Little Italy Side Table.   shanghoon

  Little Italy Lamp.   shanghoon

For the 3rd year we are part of the Toronto Design Offsite. With the same group of designers who did Heavy Metal (2010) and Tools (2011). This Year its Associates.

 January 26, 2012 - January 29, 2012

 Setting up for the Associates show.

 Opening Party.

 Opening Party.

 Little Italy - Gallery Side View

 Little Italy - End of Show

Both our Little Italy Side Table and Pendant Lamp are available here Caviar 20.

 Little Italy lights in Killjoy   Vancouver, Canada  

Chromoly is a collaborative studio run by Adam Pickard and Jonathan Sabine. They produce objects from their Toronto-based studio using whatever means available – self production, outsourcing, licensing, stereolithography, bashing things together. Their work has been featured in publications and carried in stores worldwide. Their design, Bourgeois Brass Knuckle is a part of the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

 Design Lines   Summer, 2010