Axios created a custom 3.8-watt laser toaster for I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter that debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Text and images of Fabio were toasted and lasered inside of a custom-fabricated case designed with a classic 50’s appliance aesthetic.
The challenge was to create a hybrid of traditional toasting and CNC-controlled, high-power laser operating via wireless connectivity.
Axios was engaged to execute a sculpture for Sebastian Errazuriz, designer and conceptual artist, for the Wanted Designs Fair at Industry City, Brooklyn, New York. The sculpture, entitled 20th Century Capital, was a 30’ long 20’ tall anatomically correct golden idol to be suspended as a piñata that would be broken open during the closing party at the conclusion of the fair.
Axios’ challenge was to create a sculpture that was light enough to be suspended but durable enough to resist weather conditions. Axios utilized post and beam construction to create the skeletal structure and designed plywood cutouts to form the shape of the bull. Medium density foam was used to emulate the musculature and plastic shrink-wrap was used to form the skin. Finally, the body was wrapped in gold Mylar. Details such as the horns and head were hand sculpted.
A crane was commissioned to hoist the idol up over a courtyard between two buildings. When the stomach was broken open, 1,000 one-dollar bills spilled out. The idol was later repaired and reinstalled as a semi-permanent fixture at Industry City.
We were contracted by 360i to design and build diet filters for Lean Cuisine’s holiday branding program. The campaign’s goal was to demonstrate how much the word “diet” is used in media and advertisements during the post holiday season.
We designed the outer shell and manufactured it with a 3d printer, finishing it with lacquer paint. The internal workings satisfied four goals: first a program was designed to sift the closed caption fee, isolating the word “diet.” Next we recorded and played back the mute signal from the user’s remote control, then logged every instance of the word “diet.” The device displayed a counter of the word use on a screen on the front of the device, then muted the tv for 30 seconds any time the word was used, creating a dual sensory experience for the viewer.
The device was distributed to five influencers throughout the country who were able to see the numeric counter change and experience silence whenever the word “diet” was used.
Axios was commissioned by 1st Ave Machine to fabricate a high-tech mechanized system to create the world's greatest burger. We built a series of three machines to accomplish this epic task.
The first machine launched a raw burger patty into the air while simultaneously exploding seasonings onto the airborne patty. We built the catapult from everyday kitchen items and utilized an arduino and valve solenoids that released compressed air to launch the spices.
The burger was then transferred to our pipe bomb BBQ where it spun over the flame line in a rotating gimbal. Simultaneously an onion was being sliced using a retrofitted potato gun armed with steak knives.
After some sautéing, some propane and his special seasoning blend, the celebrity chef DJ BBQ was able to assemble these elements into the World's Best Burger.
We were contracted by the personality DiMondo to create a costume for the 2015 Save Venice Ball. While most of the guests wore Versace and Channel, DiMondo wanted a costume that would transform him into a icon.
The challenge was to create a custom mask that interacted with his surroundings by live streaming onto a halo of screens whatever was captured via a camera connected to DiMondo’s helmet.
The process began by creating a 3D scan of his head that was adjusted via 3D modeling. We printed a custom 3D mask crafted from his own face, then added a go pro camera to the forehead to act as a third eye and projected the images onto 5 screens that were attached to the crown of the helmet. The entire costume was embellished with faux rubies and pearls as well as thousands of Swarovski crystals.
Axios was contracted to produce an interactive sculpture by the visual artist Camille Henrot, represented through Camille Monroe Gallery of Paris. The piece, called Hello and Thank You For Calling, required creating both the physical structure and a custom user interface.
The base of the sculpture was fabricated out of a wood box covered in neoprene, the waves were rolled steel covered in neoprene, and the main sculptural shape was epoxy laminate wood with a 3D printed ear attached. The entirety of the sculpture was covered in rubber paint and a speaker was installed in the ear that played pre-recorded tracks in the style of a phone hotline. The user interface was designed with arduino and activated via custom cast rubber buttons. When users pressed a symbol they received prompts leading them deeper into the audio menu.
We traveled to Lyon, France to install the piece at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Lyon for the 2015 Lyon Biennial.
Axios partnered with WE Design to create a display for the DJI Drone Zone activation at the Barclay Center.
As the world’s leader in the industry of camera drones, DJI wanted to create the ultimate interactive space to highlight it’s newest Phantom drone technology. We fabricated drone displays, set up interactive multimedia kiosks, then designed and built a custom test flight cage that not only highlighted the sleek DJI brand, but also created a safe environment for the drones to be activated by players and sweepstake winners.
The cage was equipped protective steel cables on all sides and LED lights on the floor and ceiling to highlight the action.
We fabricated these glasses for the Museum of Art and Design in NYC as wearable “trophies” for the 2015 Visionary Award. Conceived and designed by artist Sebastian Errazuriz, these custom, limited edition, fully functional sunglasses were presented to four artists selected by the Museum.
We began the process with iconic Ray Ban Wayfarers, disassembling the glasses and making moulds of each piece. These pieces were cast in solid brass, ground and polished. Using a laser we engraved each pair with the museum logo and the recipients name. The bases were made from wood and brass with a laser-engraved plaque. After the recipients received their awards they were able to wear the glasses for photo shoots and be, as Errazuriz said, “The coolest guy in the room.”
Axios built two fully interactive commercial set rooms for a series of ads promoting 3M ScotchBlue paint tape. Each wall had to be movable and was painted while filming. We also incorporated a practical effect that enabled actors to tape and paint over the lens of the camera, creating an immersive experience for the audience.
Axios was commissioned by PBS to fabricate a moving production set for the introduction segments to their Great Performances at the Met series. We fabricated two curved sculptures, laminated them with a polished aluminum material and placed them on motorized turntables to allow them to slowly rotate.
For Macy’s annual American Icons promotion, Axios was engaged to create an American eagle and replicate the head of the Statue of Liberty in an industrial style. We used 3D modeling to design the initial forms, then applied wooden strips and metal details over the 3D forms to create the final sculptures. The finishing touches, like the claws and beak were hand sculpted.
To promote their NFL Shop prior to the Superbowl, Macy’s contracted Axios to fabricate a 20’ X 10’ football to sit above their iconic marquee. The football was fabricated with a plywood sub-structure that was covered with foam which we molded to replicate a football texture. A protective hard coating was sprayed on, and the final details of the logo and legend were applied using custom vinyl decals.
The Calvin Klein team required a minimalist backdrop and set elements for their fashion shoot. We created a free-standing set to include a floor, walls and geometric shapes to serve as props. The walls and set pieces were covered in muslin and painted to provide a seamless environment for photography, and the entire set was dramatically lit to create a perfect balance of light and shadow. The result was a simple esthetic that allowed the clothing to take center stage.
Axios was commissioned to design the set background for a luxury lifestyle magazine photo shoot. We constructed walls and floors designed to emulate an aged environment. The sixteen-foot flat walls were covered with paste and detailed by a scenic painter to resemble stucco. Reclaimed wood was used to emulate a worn floor.