Haas Brothers, Twin brothers Simon and Nikolai Haas run their eponymous furniture design and fabrication studio out of Los Angeles, from which they create everything from set design to wearable art, masks for Lady Gaga to gold-leafed furniture for Louis Vuitton stores. Nikolai apprenticed as a master carver and Simon studied blacksmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design — and together their pieces, while sleek, still retain some traces of artisanal handiwork. Their seating and vessels often combine futuristic finishes with biomorphic forms.
Their art collection Ferngully is quintessential Haas Brothers style, and that’s why we are taking you on a journey of discovery through the mind of these brilliant artists.
Ferngully received its name from the children’s animated film of 1992 “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” and shows the visitors the doors to another world, a utopian one where nature is free from human harm. In the movie it was inspired by, Crysta, a fairy, and Zack, a lumberjack, together try to save the magical rainforest that is their home from devastation.
Seeing everything with the eyes of a child, with innocence and wonder, nostalgia and fantasy, that’s the Haas Brothers goal. To achieve it the Haas Brother’s works of art are always playful, even with a sense of humour, and sometimes irreverent. Their own creative universe is full of monsters, beasts, mythical flora and fauna.
The artworks brought to life by these LA-based designers, often make us question the borders between art and design, being functional and sculptural at the same time.
Ferngully is an immersive installation built with several different elements and materials like beadwork, ceramics, velvet, porcelain, fur, copper and blown glass. Interlaced tree trunks crowned with copper leaves and blown glass coconuts illuminate the fantastical animal-shaped sculptural and hairy seatings and the velvet cacti. Fungi seem to grow everywhere. The floor is padded to evoke the forest grounds, and everything builds up a beautiful, interesting, luxurious, but at the same time fragile natural environment.
Mathematics, science fiction and nature, sexuality, nostalgia and social equity are all ideas explored by The Hass Brothers work, especially in their hand-layered liquid clay vases. Knowing the value of always trying to learn more and improve, being it the secret for their success, the brothers love to collaborate with other artists from around the world and see them as comrades.
This art collection is true collectable design made with the finest craftsmanship using high-quality materials, like black, white and rusty brown Icelandic sheepskin, curly cow fur, chocolate goat fur, grey Gotland sheep fur, carved ebony and cast bronze.
These characters even have details like horns, tongues, feet and genitalia and received the most creative and surprising names (Uma Worm-an (2018), Hair Witch Project (2015) and Wee Wee Top (2017). With specific and diverse personalities, genders, sexualities, races and characteristics, they almost seem like living and breathing creatures. They also have a considerable range of sizes (micro, mini, full-sized, functional).
Stay with us to discover more collectable design from the Haas Brothers