Steven and William Ladd

, Steven and William
Reflecting their frustration with recurring ant infestations, the Ladd brothers made a glass arsenal of grenades, dynamite, and exploded bombs containing tiny ants. Techniques included blowing and hot-sculpting, cane, and flameworking.
Steven and William Ladd
William Ladd, American, b. 1978
Steven Ladd, American, b. 1977
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Steven and William Ladd are brothers who were raised in St. Louis, Missouri. They were born in in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Steven graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City in 1998, where he explored theatre, fashion, performance, and art. William traveled the world as a model and pursued his interest in beadwork.

In 2000, the Ladd brothers moved to Brooklyn and established a design studio. Their work incorporates text, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, and fashion, and they have exhibited their designs at the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Musée des art decoratifs du Louvre, Paris, and The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu.

Videos: 

Designers Steven and William Ladd describe working at GlassLab during a two-day design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, August 28 - 29, 2012.

During Art Basel in December, 2008, GlassLab presented at Design Miami. Designer Steven Ladd describes working at GlassLab during this event.

In May, 2008, GlassLab presented at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Designers Steven and William Ladd describe working at GlassLab during this event.

Events
GlassLab at Musée des Arts Décoratifs
GlassLab at Musée des Arts Décoratifs |
October 22 - 27, 2013 from 11:00am 5:30pm
The Corning Museum of Glass partners with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to present GlassLab, the Museum’s design program, in Paris. Free, public design performances with top French designers will... more
GlassLab Design Session: Steven & William Ladd
GlassLab Design Session: Steven & William Ladd |
August 28 - 29, 2012 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Designers Steven and William Ladd work with Museum glassmakers to explore and prototype their design concepts in a public GlassLab session at the Museum’s Hot Glass Show on the Courtyard Stage.... more
Yves Behar at GlassLab at Design Miami 2008
Design Miami 2008 |
December 5 - 7, 2008
GlassLab was presented in 2008 at Design Miami/Art Basel, working with six designers over the course of the fair: Yves Béhar, Michele Oka Doner, Tim Dubitsky, Paul Haigh, and Steven and William Ladd... more
GlassLab at the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum 2008
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |
May 17 - June 3, 2008
GlassLab graced the elegant garden of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, with more than 10 days of design performances. Designers included Harry Allen, Laurene and Constantin Boym, Michelle... more
Process: 
Designer Steven Ladd at GlassLab at Design Miami
Designer Steven Ladd at GlassLab at Design Miami
Designer Steven Ladd at GlassLab at Design Miami
Designer Steven Ladd at GlassLab at Design Miami
Ant prototype by designer Steven Ladd
Glassmaker Matt Urban making an ant prototype at GlassLab
Making an ant prototype at GlassLab
Designer Steven Ladd at GlassLab at Design Miami
Prototypes by Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab
Prototypes by Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Gaffer Tom Ryder works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Glassmakers Tom Ryder and Ian Schmidt works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Glassmakers Tom Ryder and Ian Schmidt works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Glassmakers Tom Ryder and Ian Schmidt works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Gaffer Tom Ryder works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Gaffer Tom Ryder works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Gaffer Tom Ryder works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Glassmakers Tom Ryder and Ian Schmidt works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Gaffer Ian Schmidt works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Gaffer Tom Ryder works with Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Steven and William Ladd at GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
Prototype by Steven and William Ladd for GlassLab in Corning, August 2012
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
 Designer Steven Ladd in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
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