Twins Nikolai and Simon, known as The Haas Brothers, born in L.A, grew up in Austin Texas, with a opera singer mother, actor brother and a sculptor father, learning from an early age how to play music, write, sing and paint.
In their early teens, they began to study stone carving under their father, mastering the craft before leaving home. The twins parted ways in 2003 to pursue their artistic goals individually. Simon studied painting at RISD while Nikolai toured as a musician with artists like Vincent Gallo, Sean Lennon and Jim O’Rourke through his early 20s. In 2007, the two reconvened in Los Angeles to tour with the band RRIICCEE, then founded The Haas Brothers there in 2010 when L.A. architects JohnstonMarklee offered a chance to collaborate on a friend’s project, quickly becoming the wonder boys of the Southern California design world.
The Haas Brothers explore aesthetic and formal themes related to nature, science fiction, sexuality, psychedelia and color theory, conceiving from Cubist club chairs and globular brass vases to custom ceramic light fixtures and angel wings for Lady Gaga.
The Haas brothers’ industrial studio in downtown Los Angeles is half science lab, half art studio. There they experiment the use of materials ranging from brass, bronze, porcelain and fur to highly technical resins and polyurethane, combined with their insatiable curiosity and remarkable visual intelligence, setting them apart as artists.