Recently I saw the Haas Brothers work at Fog Design + Art Faire in San Francisco, and became an instant fan – especially after hearing them speak about their
Their amazingly inventive creations include furniture design, vessels, masks, set designs, lighting, one-offs, and wearable art that is provocative, erotic, imaginative, experimental, whimsical, and laden
with sexual energy.
Imaginary creatures and biomorphic forms emerge from unlikely materials. Bronze and fur, leather, ceramic, brass tiles and resins are juxtaposed in pieces, whose themes explore nature, sexuality, science fiction, and humor.
Twin brothers, Simon and Nikolai grew up in a very creative home in Austin, and pursued artistic goals separately, before they started working together in 2007.
Trained as master stonemasons (Simon also studied blacksmithing at RISDI) their pieces display detailed artisanal handiwork, and extraordinary craftsmanship.
Now based in LA, these two Angelinos are proud to be American designers.
Their collaborations have been wildly successful and quite diverse- including Donatello Versace, Lady Gaga, Louis Vuitton, and a collective of female South African bead workers, known as Monkeybiz. Producing trinkets for tourists, their workmanship so impressed the twins, they moved to South Africa for the duration of the project, which culminated in a series of large, vibrant, bead-laden fantasy forms called “Afreaks.”
You can read more about their African adventure here.
Whether one decides it is art, or it’s furniture, this colorful entourage of characters and quirky beasts are infused with playfulness, mystery, ingenuity, a kind of spirituality that sits at the crossroads of art and religion.
(The mere size of King Dong, at 9’ high, commands a certain reverence!)
This month, their rugs from a series “Basic Extinct/Please don’t Weave” are featured in Architectural Digest, and will also be at the Venice Biennale in May.
You can find more of their work here
The Haas Brothers growing fan base eagerly awaits their future creations and wonder what they’ll come up with next!