David Ballinger must qualify as a modern Renaissance man. From house boats to furniture to modular cabins and custom motorcycles, whatever Ballinger dreams he seems to create.
MetroMotorbike is Ballinger’s motorcycle company, which creates truly unique machines with BMW Boxer twins and Ducati front ends, among various other parts. The look is unique, and the riding experience is likely unique as well, although we haven’t had the pleasure. Follow the link above to check out more details, but here is Ballinger’s bio from the web site:
British-born Ballinger grew up just north of London, England, with a British celebrity drumming father and Washington, DC, raised mother who were avid art/antique collectors. At an early age Ballinger would use his father’s camera to take random photos of buildings and landscapes. Not considering photography to be a ‘safe’ career he headed to the University of Westminster to study business and joined Harley-Davidson in Chelsea, London, in 1996. In 1998 he was part of the Harley-Davidson team that helped put together The Art of the Harley exhibition at London’s Barbican Centre. The exhibition morphed into The Art of the Motorcycle and went on to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Artist / Designer David Ballinger is famous for his architectural designs, MetroSHED (a flat pack prefab freestanding room that revolutionized the garden shed into modern architecture) and the MetroSHIP (a houseboat with New York loft style interior which was featured as Neiman Marcus’ 50th Anniversary His & Hers gift in their 2010 Christmas catalog. The design inspiration for many of Ballinger’s designs comes from his architectural photography… the detail of a window, the lines of a roof or the use of non-traditional material to create a more liveable structure.
Ballinger’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The Washington Post, USA Today, Miami Herald, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Independent, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, Fox, CBS among others. Ballinger has designed Harley-Davidson’s for Chelsea Football Club and Kenwood Audio and is now working on a range of custom BMW motorcycles. His MetroSofa ‘green-built’ furniture can be seen in many boutique hotels, restaurants and bars in New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles and beyond. He has sold art to Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Paramount Pictures, Sony, The Gap and numerous private collectors. Today Ballinger uses Leica cameras to create his art in tribute to photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Ballinger’s claim to fame: Prior to moving to America, David was a drummer in a British band called Custom Blue, who’s music can be heard in Luc Besson’s,The Transporter movie.
Ballinger lives and works in a lakeside log cabin 35 minutes from New York City.