Brooks' New York-based design studio, POD Design, completed the branding and identity design for [HUS], a new concept store for all things Scandinavian. The design process included all aspects of the store's function for a total design experience that extended from the interiors to having the objects be virtually curated by the [HUS] team. The design was inspired by the rich history and vast beauty of the natural landscapes and cities that dot the Scandinavian peninsula. Every detail was reduced to its functional essence as a tribute to the legacy of Scandinavian design and as an approach to a display system that is focused on highlighting the individual objects.
A Prefabricated Hollywood Home
The Caivano residence is a two-story, single-family home situated on a long, sloped property facing the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. In this groundbreaking project, Brooks and the POD Design team used prefabricated methods to create a custom structure.
An Environmentally Friendly Space
Taking advantage of the prefabricated construction method, Brooks designed an environmentally optimized building shell for various levels of light penetration and ventilation through each room of the house. All of the materials used for the Caivano house are reclaimed, upcycled, recycled or sustainable.
State-of-the-Art Bachelor Pad
In 2012, DIY Network and Esquire joined forces to create Esquire's Ultimate Bachelor Pad. Brooks was one of the designers chosen to transform a $20-million loft into a state-of-the-art bachelor pad. For the first time ever, Esquire took its New York City apartment out of Manhattan and into the exclusive Clock Tower Building in Brooklyn's historic Dumbo district.
Italian Villa in the City
For this 3,000-square-foot Chelsea, N.Y., apartment, Brooks seamlessly combined cutting-edge architectural functionality with rustic textures and a color palette reminiscent of an Italian villa.
Modern Architectural Details
Brooks used digital design and manufacturing to build and install the armature in a way that would have been impossible using traditional methods.
Modern Bathroom That Saves Space
Brooks based his concept for this city loft space on the idea that architecture can perform specific functions. For example, the wall in the bathroom folds in and splits open to become a medicine cabinet. He also made the closets double-sided in order to eliminate the need for another wall and save valuable square footage.
Unique Penthouse Design
Brooks was chosen to participate in Showtime's "House" project, a collaboration with top architects, interior designers and media specialists. Showtime pairs each designer with one of the network's shows, and the designers are given carte blanche to transform a space in response to the show's themes.
Waveform of Wood
Working closely with UX designer Daniel Perlin, Brooks created a penthouse space around Showtime's series The United States of Tara, starring Toni Collette. They took the central theme of the show, dissociative identity disorder, to create a waveform environment using old- and new-school textures, media techniques and interactive sound.
Product Design: Sylki Chair
As part of POD Design, Brooks designed the Sylki chair, a furnishing made of a single sheet of laser-cut, 20-gauge metal with a custom hole pattern. Sylki weighs just eight pounds, but can support up to 250 pounds. Despite its light weight, Sylki is engineered and fabricated to be extremely solid. The folds in the actual chair have been structurally engineered to increase the strength of the extremely thin metal from which it's made. "The main challenge of the Sylki chair was making the material transcend its original intention. The goal was to create a balance or harmony between how the chair is made and how to reduce costs and waste," Brooks said. "I wanted to use a single piece of material and use technology in a way that not only supports customization but also allows for maximum efficiency."
"New Skin" Residence
Brooks and POD Design decided to focus on the "skin" of the house and develop an adaptive system that was not only affordable, but also easy to install and modify. The parametric form of the folding wood slats in the system provides opportunities to transform into storage, shelter and seating.