LA isn't just a barren celluloid wasteland devoted solely to the movie & music biz. Um, okay, so the wasteland part is a bit of a judgment(al) call, as it's also home to artisans Simon and Nikolai Haas. Older bro, Lukas, is the Hollywood connection, but the fraternal twins have forged their own unique path through the Southern Cali design world. Had Dr. Seuss had been a sculptor, his work might have looked a lot like these offbeat experiments with resin and metal and the resulting footstools, tables and other whimsical home decor objets. Gilding stuff with hexagonal tiles adds a charming bling element which is probably what attracted Donatella Versace to their work. They have collaborated with her on furnishings and accessories, including a Bondage Bench, a tufted-leather & hardware festooned Donatella Chair, glitzy iPhone cover, towering boots, statement-pendant necklace, a Baroque tank and a really cool lighter. I don't smoke (anything) and I wouldn't hestitate to carry one in my purse just 'cuz.
“What was interesting for us is that the way the light reflects off it negates the honeycomb grid," explain the brothers about the metal component of the Donatella Chair. "You can barely see it if you look at the reflection. You see the grid only when moving. And we like this confusion. We like optically confusing materials if we can create those.”
Here's a fun video of the brothers on Crane.tv - where the "weird alien eco system" thing came from - that's definitely worth a watch!
(image: Donatella Chair)
For the podcast I recorded about this, just scroll down.
ARTISANAL AMERICA: Exalting the Handmade, the Painstakingly Crafted, the Authentic, is Not Just for Hipsters in Portland and Brooklyn Anymore - Small-Batch Has Mass Appeal. How the Artisanal Movement Became Our National Consumer Religion. - Details magazine
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott