After petitioning for her first job as a Production Assistant with a museum-design firm, Lacey quickly fell in love with the idea of transporting guests into other worlds through physical spaces. Gaining international marketing and branding experience through stints with both Universal Studios Creative and Warner Bros., Lacey soon found a way to combine her skillsets in Experiential Design. She went on to spend five years working as the Design Director for an event agency in LA and NYC, executing events for brands such as Harry Potter, Zappos, DC Comics, New Balance and Chapstick. With an intense passion to be back in the studio, she started Crush Studio in 2016 so that could build a team focused on the design & build process.
When she isn’t sweeping the floors or karate-chopping pillows, you can find her practicing her Spanish, south of the border, preferably somewhere where the air is salty and the waves are big.
You may or may not ever see Nicole, but she plays a pretty big advisory role to the Crushers and holds a special place in our heart. Partly the fun aunt, partly our therapist—Nicole makes sure all the Crushers are rowing in the same direction. She helps us dial in our processes and procedures on the day-to-day level, streamline communications, as well navigate the intricacies of working in a fast-paced and intense industry. Nicole additionally serves as Senior Producer on special projects.
When she isn’t GTD and tagging her emails, Nicole can be found traveling, laughing, and brunching with her husband and two daughters, Vera and Rosalie.
Never one to shy away from an adventure, Chennelle has just the right amount of experience, passion and muscle to delve into the bananas world of events and design. Her background in hospitality quickly becomes apparent as this woman is the studio champ in patience. She likes her timelines and budgets but loves keeping us in line even more, while consistently keeping a strong focus on the creative vision of the project.
When she’s not leaving a sticky-note with a to-do list for one of us, you can find this mama cooking up some GF-AF goodies, taking her puppies (and hubs) on a long Colorado hike, or at the salon discovering a new shade to suit the season.
Developing his craft of making furniture into more than just a hobby, Garrett enrolled in woodworking school, where after just 3 semesters, he was encouraged by professors to drop out and begin building professionally full-time. After creating several iconic sculptures in Denver, Lacey tracked him down and they began working together fabricating custom pieces and environments.
Garrett's work building fine furniture brings a level of detail that is rare to find in the event world. While ensuring that every piece built is to the highest standard of quality, he also works to ensure that pieces are easy-to-assemble on site (and on occasion haul through a cab in NY or fit in a Prius in LA). When items aren't built in his Denver shop - Garrett leads the charge on production with Crush's fabrication partners in NYC, LA and other major markets.
24 hours after an install or deadline, he can be found on a flight to the far reaches of the Earth - preferably a location with salty water and epic waves.
His work can be found at garrettbrowndesigns.com.
This NYC native was immersed in the world of design and architecture at a young age while simultaneously learning the art of navigation in the New York City Subway. After graduating with a degree in Interior Design, Karla realized that experiential design was an opportunity to cultivate environments that speak to both the emotions and senses. Throughout a project, she does develops project concepts, creates 3D renderings, and makes sure everything looks just-so on-site. We challenge you to find a set dimension she hasn’t memorized by heart.
When she’s not driving the F150, you may catch a glimpse of her on two planks floating down the side of a snowy mountain, or checking out the latest restaurant recommendation in NYC or Denver.