Desert Design Lab

inspiration | collaboration | adventure

Here we are racing against the sunset to capture this entire arch with the gigapan. It took a while to hike in with the equipment, but it was defiantly worth it.

One of the most interesting visual phenomenon in Moab area was the way the sky’s intense blue was constrained in these arches. I wanted to flip that around by making the arch the center of the photo rather than the frame. It ends up being a different sort of horizon. I feel like most of the large photos we made in this project are about horizon, and that much of my attraction to the desert is exploring that complex horizon for myself!

This was shot at the Bonneville Salt flats during  Desert Design Lab, 

Pictured here is visiting artist Jen Anderson exploring the flats for the first time.

We were lucky because the water across the flat was just inches deep for miles… a rare and fantastic time there in the UT/NV border.

The Zephyr credenza was designed on the road in the DDL lab. It is the newest of the pieces in my Streamline series and the first case piece I’ve ever made.
The sweet custom refurbished Airstream pictured here had been one of our host’s home for many years, dry camping in the desert, until Beatty became his permanent residence. The ways in which it was originally, and re-designed by him, made me think about how the objects in our lives respond to our needs - instantly, effortlessly, specifically - and all while being smooth, sleek and fast.
With that in mind, the door on this piece is actuated with a servo motor, so all you need to do is touch it for it to open with smooth even movement.
It’s no Land Yacht (the original branding on this RV) but hopefully speaks to the way our lives and the objects within them (can/should/will) interact.
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The Zephyr credenza was designed on the road in the DDL lab. It is the newest of the pieces in my Streamline series and the first case piece I’ve ever made.
The sweet custom refurbished Airstream pictured here had been one of our host’s home for many years, dry camping in the desert, until Beatty became his permanent residence. The ways in which it was originally, and re-designed by him, made me think about how the objects in our lives respond to our needs - instantly, effortlessly, specifically - and all while being smooth, sleek and fast.
With that in mind, the door on this piece is actuated with a servo motor, so all you need to do is touch it for it to open with smooth even movement.
It’s no Land Yacht (the original branding on this RV) but hopefully speaks to the way our lives and the objects within them (can/should/will) interact.
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The Zephyr credenza was designed on the road in the DDL lab. It is the newest of the pieces in my Streamline series and the first case piece I’ve ever made.
The sweet custom refurbished Airstream pictured here had been one of our host’s home for many years, dry camping in the desert, until Beatty became his permanent residence. The ways in which it was originally, and re-designed by him, made me think about how the objects in our lives respond to our needs - instantly, effortlessly, specifically - and all while being smooth, sleek and fast.
With that in mind, the door on this piece is actuated with a servo motor, so all you need to do is touch it for it to open with smooth even movement.
It’s no Land Yacht (the original branding on this RV) but hopefully speaks to the way our lives and the objects within them (can/should/will) interact.
ZoomInfo
The Zephyr credenza was designed on the road in the DDL lab. It is the newest of the pieces in my Streamline series and the first case piece I’ve ever made.
The sweet custom refurbished Airstream pictured here had been one of our host’s home for many years, dry camping in the desert, until Beatty became his permanent residence. The ways in which it was originally, and re-designed by him, made me think about how the objects in our lives respond to our needs - instantly, effortlessly, specifically - and all while being smooth, sleek and fast.
With that in mind, the door on this piece is actuated with a servo motor, so all you need to do is touch it for it to open with smooth even movement.
It’s no Land Yacht (the original branding on this RV) but hopefully speaks to the way our lives and the objects within them (can/should/will) interact.
ZoomInfo
The Zephyr credenza was designed on the road in the DDL lab. It is the newest of the pieces in my Streamline series and the first case piece I’ve ever made.
The sweet custom refurbished Airstream pictured here had been one of our host’s home for many years, dry camping in the desert, until Beatty became his permanent residence. The ways in which it was originally, and re-designed by him, made me think about how the objects in our lives respond to our needs - instantly, effortlessly, specifically - and all while being smooth, sleek and fast.
With that in mind, the door on this piece is actuated with a servo motor, so all you need to do is touch it for it to open with smooth even movement.
It’s no Land Yacht (the original branding on this RV) but hopefully speaks to the way our lives and the objects within them (can/should/will) interact.
ZoomInfo
The Zephyr credenza was designed on the road in the DDL lab. It is the newest of the pieces in my Streamline series and the first case piece I’ve ever made.
The sweet custom refurbished Airstream pictured here had been one of our host’s home for many years, dry camping in the desert, until Beatty became his permanent residence. The ways in which it was originally, and re-designed by him, made me think about how the objects in our lives respond to our needs - instantly, effortlessly, specifically - and all while being smooth, sleek and fast.
With that in mind, the door on this piece is actuated with a servo motor, so all you need to do is touch it for it to open with smooth even movement.
It’s no Land Yacht (the original branding on this RV) but hopefully speaks to the way our lives and the objects within them (can/should/will) interact.
ZoomInfo
The Zephyr credenza was designed on the road in the DDL lab. It is the newest of the pieces in my Streamline series and the first case piece I’ve ever made.
The sweet custom refurbished Airstream pictured here had been one of our host’s home for many years, dry camping in the desert, until Beatty became his permanent residence. The ways in which it was originally, and re-designed by him, made me think about how the objects in our lives respond to our needs - instantly, effortlessly, specifically - and all while being smooth, sleek and fast.
With that in mind, the door on this piece is actuated with a servo motor, so all you need to do is touch it for it to open with smooth even movement.
It’s no Land Yacht (the original branding on this RV) but hopefully speaks to the way our lives and the objects within them (can/should/will) interact.
ZoomInfo

The Zephyr credenza was designed on the road in the DDL lab. It is the newest of the pieces in my Streamline series and the first case piece I’ve ever made.

The sweet custom refurbished Airstream pictured here had been one of our host’s home for many years, dry camping in the desert, until Beatty became his permanent residence. The ways in which it was originally, and re-designed by him, made me think about how the objects in our lives respond to our needs - instantly, effortlessly, specifically - and all while being smooth, sleek and fast.

With that in mind, the door on this piece is actuated with a servo motor, so all you need to do is touch it for it to open with smooth even movement.

It’s no Land Yacht (the original branding on this RV) but hopefully speaks to the way our lives and the objects within them (can/should/will) interact.

Some of the “man made” structures we encountered in NV. Everyone responded to the weathered corrugated metal left over in these mining ghost towns. I have one design going for a table that uses the curved corrugated form… thinking I;m going to weather and rest the heck out of it. There is nothing like a natural patina!
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Some of the “man made” structures we encountered in NV. Everyone responded to the weathered corrugated metal left over in these mining ghost towns. I have one design going for a table that uses the curved corrugated form… thinking I;m going to weather and rest the heck out of it. There is nothing like a natural patina!
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Some of the “man made” structures we encountered in NV. Everyone responded to the weathered corrugated metal left over in these mining ghost towns. I have one design going for a table that uses the curved corrugated form… thinking I;m going to weather and rest the heck out of it. There is nothing like a natural patina!
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Some of the “man made” structures we encountered in NV. Everyone responded to the weathered corrugated metal left over in these mining ghost towns. I have one design going for a table that uses the curved corrugated form… thinking I;m going to weather and rest the heck out of it. There is nothing like a natural patina!
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Some of the “man made” structures we encountered in NV. Everyone responded to the weathered corrugated metal left over in these mining ghost towns. I have one design going for a table that uses the curved corrugated form… thinking I;m going to weather and rest the heck out of it. There is nothing like a natural patina!
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Some of the “man made” structures we encountered in NV. Everyone responded to the weathered corrugated metal left over in these mining ghost towns. I have one design going for a table that uses the curved corrugated form… thinking I;m going to weather and rest the heck out of it. There is nothing like a natural patina!
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Some of the “man made” structures we encountered in NV. Everyone responded to the weathered corrugated metal left over in these mining ghost towns. I have one design going for a table that uses the curved corrugated form… thinking I;m going to weather and rest the heck out of it. There is nothing like a natural patina!
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Some of the “man made” structures we encountered in NV. Everyone responded to the weathered corrugated metal left over in these mining ghost towns. I have one design going for a table that uses the curved corrugated form… thinking I;m going to weather and rest the heck out of it. There is nothing like a natural patina!

Now the molds… There are a number of designs that are in the woks for these, casting in different materials… so far just tests but this winter will see them done. Stay tuned.
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Now the molds… There are a number of designs that are in the woks for these, casting in different materials… so far just tests but this winter will see them done. Stay tuned.
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Now the molds… There are a number of designs that are in the woks for these, casting in different materials… so far just tests but this winter will see them done. Stay tuned.
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Now the molds… There are a number of designs that are in the woks for these, casting in different materials… so far just tests but this winter will see them done. Stay tuned.