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Lancaster firm helps recreate musician’s childhood room for band’s tour

Jack Antonoff, of Bleachers and Fun. fame, has worked with big-name artists, including Taylor Swift

Alex Rudegeair and Jeremiah Linton can now add “worked on a pop star’s traveling art exhibit” to their growing portfolio of custom projects.

The co-owners of RudeWood Design, a Lancaster-based custom design and fabrication shop, were part of the team that recently took songwriter and musician Jack Antonoff’s childhood bedroom in New Jersey and transformed it into a mobile art installation.

Antonoff is the lead member of the band Bleachers, and he is also known for his success in the Grammy-winning group Fun. The group’s biggest hit was “We Are Young.” Antonoff also is close friends with Taylor Swift. He’s written and produced songs with Swift and Lorde, among other popular artists.

He is using the 14-foot trailer recreation of his bedroom, which has been accompanying Bleachers on May and June tour dates, as a way for fans to experience the place where he wrote all of his music. Bleachers’ latest LP is titled “Gone Now.”

“It was a pretty involved process,” Rudegeair said of the two-week tour trailer job, which was led by Los Angeles-based All Valley Yacht Club.

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Linton had a family connection in the entertainment industry, which led to the job. RudeWood helped build the exterior structure on the flatbed trailer, while designers and other crew members went through the very detailed process of gluing, screwing and taping every little piece of Antonoff’s room inside. That included posters, stickers and other music memorabilia.

They even installed fake windows on the inside to make the tiny space feel like home.

“We’re very thankful to have collaborated and been a part of it,” Rudegeair said.

For RudeWood, the Antonoff project represents an opportunity to do more work in the entertainment space.

“It’s a direction we’re trying to go,” Rudegeair said. “We have Rock Lititz here. This is an area of high production art designs and installations for celebrities. It’s a fun and unique market to get into.”

The two partners met at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 2011 and started the business, which has focused mostly on restaurant and bar projects in and around Lancaster, in 2014. RudeWood recently worked on the Federal Taphouse in Hampden Township and is now working on the regional chain’s new location in State College.

The firm also caters to people looking for high-end custom furniture pieces for their home.

RudeWood operates out of a 7,000-square-foot space in an old Lancaster press building. As the work volume picks up, Rudegeair said he’s hoping the firm will be able to expand into a more permanent home.

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