If you spend a few minutes reading Bran Ferren’s Wikipedia page, you will learn he is listed as a technologist, artist, architectural designer, engineer, lighting and sound designer, visual effects artist, scientist, lecturer, photographer, inventor and more. What hasn’t this man done? Well, until now he had never built what we think is one of the most impressive expedition vehicles ever assembled and designed. Looking to provide his daughter the same “constant learning” experience he grew up with, Bran spent 4 million dollars building the KiraVan.
Bran is a dream chaser. A man of action. More bite and less bark if you will. He’s traveled through Afghan war zones, worked in Hollywood and at 61 years old, has no intention of stopping. Ferren is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds, a tech and design firm with a healthy client range the likes of GM, Intel, and the US Air Force.
Although a busy man, these days he is focused on building a strong future for his 4 year old daughter, Kira. “Around the time Kira was born, Ferren had an idea. What if he built an all-new, bigger and better expedition vehicle? No, more than that, what if he made the ultimate adventure truck, the very platonic ideal of such a thing—which he could outfit for a family of three? He started to envision a vehicle that could take Kira nearly anywhere on earth without limitation—a mix of high-powered machinery, bomb-shelter self-sufficiency, and luxe-life accoutrements. It would be a mobile, malleable five-star fortress. It could form the centerpiece of his and Kira’s exploration of the world and be her ride into the future. Before he drew up the first blueprints, he’d given it a name: the KiraVan.” (Quote from Wired)
Bran plans on touring North and South America with his daughter and from there, who knows. We can’t wait to hear more about their upcoming adventure of what is certain to be worth remembering. We found a short clip of Bran talking about the KiraVan. Give it a watch. To learn more about Bran and his amazing journey through life, give his Wikipedia a click.