Brooks Atwood, assistant professor at NJIT and founder of an award winning New York based design studio named Pod. Working in the fields of architecture, industrial design and environments specializing in advanced technologies and material transcendence, since 2003. Pod’s internationally recognized work is the result of a multi-disciplinary laboratory with the belief that the practice of collaboration gains relevance through a constant dialogue with other disciplines, cultures, thinkers and makers to offer innovative design solutions. Their process-based approach to design is coupled with a deep interest in methods of fabrication that challenge norms and reveal new territories.
POD’s body of work includes the completion of projects and products in New York, Berlin, Seoul, Texas as well as being featured in The New York Times, Wired, Esquire Magazine, Frame and in film on Showtime Networks and the DIY Network.
Brooks Atwood’s work is part of the permanent collection at the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea. Brooks was also a featured designer on the DIY Network for Esquire Magazine’s The Ultimate Bachelor Pad
Brooks has lectured at Parsons The New School for Design, NJIT and exhibited work during ICFF and WantedDesign in New York City.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO DESIGN?
At an early age I loved to take apart everything. Then I went through puberty. And from then on, I loved design and how things got the way they did. I was fascinated by the how and why of everything around me. That's when I started to run into things on the street (by not watching where I was going because I was seeing something interesting).
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I'm working on three prefab houses in LA, NJ and NY. All different sizes and budgets ranging from $75,000 - $300,000 and i've
got a few top secret products in the works that I can't mention now but you'll know them when you see them! At any given time, I'm working on about 20-30 projects.WHAT WEBSITES AND MAGAZINES DO YOU READ ON A REGULAR BASIS?
I love the NYTimes
(art, science, home & garden), Wired, Dwell, thefancy.com
and I use flipboard
as my go to source for inspiration.WHICH DESIGNERS INSPIRE YOU?
Charles & Ray Eames, Mies van der Rohe, Alexander McQueen, Andy Warhol, Antoni Gaudi, Ferdinand Porsche, Le Corbusier
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BUILDINGS IN NY?
Bayard Building, Barclays Center, The Standard, Cooper Union, Brooklyn Bridge, The Woolworth Building, Lincoln Center