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Sam Mendes

Beginning in 2008, Max Steiner Design has worked with Director Sam Mendes to create custom gifts for the cast and crew of several productions by his theater company - The Bridge Project, as well as his latest film - Skyfall (James Bond).

Wooden Boxes

The pieces of all of the boxes are laser cut/engraved and hand sanded. The pieces are then carefully fit together and glued just a bit for added support. Some of the boxes incorporate metal hinges while others have the lid assembled into the sides, eliminating the need for a separate hinge. Many of the boxes are latched with tiny magnets set into the wood.

Boombox - Hennessy Black / Complex Magazine

For the August/September 2010 issue of Complex Magazine, I was asked to fabricate a newly designed, but 80's inspired boombox. The initial designs were created by Brent Rollins and DJ Ross One, who owns an extensive collection of 80's boomboxes. Under Brent's direction, I built the radio using the innards of a dissected boombox, clear, mirrored, and 2-way mirrored plexiglass. The team then brought in Carl Wiemann to design and install LED lights inside the piece which were then hooked up to the existing power supply. The results were spectacular. When the boombox is powered on, the LED lights glow, allowing the back 2-way mirrored panel to become transparent in order to see the radio components inside. The finished boombox was featured in the magazine and auctioned off by Hennessy Black.               

Sculptural Origami

I was about 5 years old when my mother gave me my first origami book. The geometry and precision of the folds has fascinated and intrigued me ever since.
The primary folding pattern that I use for the dollar bills which I have complicated and developed was designed by Jeremy Shafer. Each piece is folded by hand and can take from 30 minutes up to several weeks to fold.
The tiny cranes are all folded by hand using no tools or magnification.