This is the ultimate one picture is worth a thousand words! The totally original and cutting edge studio art furniture coming out of the Haas Brothers Studios, located in downtown Los Angeles, is
pushing the design titillation button and arousing one and all to cheer…especially if you are a fan of the way out there and creative beat in interior design.
The Haas Brothers came across my design radar as a result of an email from one of my favorite galleries here in NYC, R 20th Century. The owners, Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers, are constantly featuring both contemporary and historical designers whose body of work is without a doubt par excellence for their time period.
Not too long ago you might remember I wrote about the Korean designer named Hun Chun Lee (see post) who had been featured by R 20th Century at an antiques show held at Lincoln Center. Snyderman and Meyers are always bringing to the design public’s attention extremely talented artisans and designers truly worthy of being spotlighted in the design world.
Okay, so now back to the Haas Brothers, also known intimately as Simon and Nikolai. First off, they are twins, although not identical. They come from a family of artistic parents…dad was a painter and a stone carver/ mom was a writer and an opera singer. Simon studied painting and architecture at RISD and Nikolai worked as a touring musician with various famous singers. Eventually they both landed up in Los Angeles where they were members of the band RRIICCEE for a brief moment. Encouraged to work on small design projects by friends, they eventually hooked up with Sony Studios and the rest is history.
Not only do they produce art and furniture, but they also design sets and props for the entertainment business as well as unique fashion pieces. Their take on furnishings is what attracts me. Shall we say their furniture is anthropomorphic? bestial? reptilian? sexy? humorous? Or maybe just a little bit of everything. But none of it falls short on originality.
The series they produced for the recent DesignMiami/Basel Show this past June in Basel utilized cast bronze feet, sheepskin, wood carved horns, gold hexagon tiles, plexiglass and buffalo fur amongst other things. The furniture has a physicality that attracts one out of curiosity and is not for the feint of heart. Their design statement is strong and courageous and I like it!
CIAO, CAIO “TIL NEXT TIME!