Happy Returns Studio

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  1. Redemptive Plastics
  2. Adopt an Ott
  3. Counterpoise [Fish out of Water]

Client Work
  1. Jenny Kendler - Close to You
  2. Jenny Kendler - Governors Island
  3. Marz Community Brewing
  4. Michael Reese Trust
  5. Norman Teague Design Studios

  1. Robotics
  2. Recycled Plastics
  3. Machine Integration
  4. Material Research & Application
  5. Analogue to Digital
  6. Digital to Analogue
  7. Large Format 3D Printing
  8. Mold Making

Happy Returns Studio —

  1. Happy Returns Studio is led by Cody Norman and Tom Burtonwood, artists and designers based in the Chicago area. Between the two of them they have over 40 years of combined experience solving creative problems and producing high touch outcomes for commissioned public art projects, commercial work and their own studio practices.

4. Michael Reese Trust

Michael Reese Trust reached out to Happy Returns Studio for help producing an award to recognize leaders in the Health Care Sector. Michael Reese Trust contracted Happy Returns to make a 3D scan of a larger than life size bronze statue of their founder Michael Reese. Cody and Tom traveled to the statue storage location and made a photogrammetry 3D scan of the statue.

Happy Returns Studio proposed a number of different treatments to the form and Michael Reese Trust selected a triangulated mesh surface for the statue that accurately conformed to the features whilst abstracting the form to create a new work of art. 

Happy Returns Studio offered Michael Reese Trust a range of possible material outcomes to choose from including 3D printed steel, recycled plastic and cast glass which was eventually selected. Happy Returns Studio worked with a local Chicago foundry to have a 3D printed pattern cast in glass.