David Badman, a metalsmith, designer, and owner of Badman Design, has been in business locally for over 30 years, specializing in custom, one-of-a-kind pieces to fit any area of your life.
David’s showroom & design studio is located in historic downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota, which is where David has lived since the Super Bowl blizzard of 1975 blew his family into town from a tour in the United Kingdom. His Father served in the Air Force.
David began creating jewelry in 1985 and completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of North Dakota, but before graduation, he opened his first business, Studio 18, in 1988. He recalls his first summer in business as a rather lonesome one, with only flies for company. But he persevered and in the ensuing years, he moved his studio to four progressively larger downtown locations to accommodate his growing business. The first studio was only six feet wide and thirty feet deep.
David’s design work incorporates mixed metals and terra-cotta clay and has progressed from jewelry and accessories to designs for the home, residential & commercial installations and outdoor sculptures. His work has been featured in several publications, on HGTV’s Modern Masters and sold throughout the United States. Combinations of textures metals cut into distinct shapes/icons became his signature and his pieces were quickly recognized across the country. David’s design talents are best shown in his custom pieces for individuals that depict not only the personality of the people involved but also the space for which it is intended. Each custom design is a reflection of an idea or person for whom it was created, told in terra-cotta clay and David’s signature metal pieces.
Much of the shopping experience at Badman Design is watching David and his staff work, enjoying his humor, learning about the processes that go into each piece and often getting a tour that included viewing his latest designs. Each of his metal designs, including furnishings, railings, sculptures, and installations are created entirely within the walls (and inside the welding shop) of the Badman Design Studio.
Individuals related to a project have always been welcome to stop by the studio to view the piece as it is being created or check in via web/art cams, This, David believes, adds credibility to the work and a greater understanding of the piece, not as it is when completed, but rather as it progresses through the various stages of production.
Today, Badman Design is located on South 3rd Street in historic downtown Grand Forks and is a 5,000 square foot expansive showroom, design studio, welding shop and production space. Here David and his Badman Design crew create, display and sell their artwork (jewelry and the ever-changing inventory of home designs including mirrors, wine racks, tables, benches, boxes, lamps, railings, wall hangings, small sculpture, outdoor sculpture and their popular limited edition holiday ornaments).
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