Let’s Breakdown The Collectable Design Inside Nikolai Haas’ Home

When Nikolai Haas discovered his Los Angeles abode it had a dated 1985 structure, so the designer along with his wife, fashion stylist Djuna Bel, took matters into their own hands by creating a magical mash-up of hippie hut and high collectable design.

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Nikolai and Simon Haas on the front patio.
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Nikolai Haas in the kitchen.

The transformation of the residence—accomplished largely by Haas and his friends, carpenter Lauren Mollica and furniture designer John Pope—involved removing unnecessary walls, adding decks and gardens, and redoing the floors and fixtures, all in the service of making it more amenable to socializing and enjoying the great outdoors.  But obviously, the focal point of the home has to be the designer’s collectable design collection, as well as his own creations.

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A custom sofa by Haas curves across the back deck.
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Acrylic panels bring colour to the master bedroom deck. Hand-carved tables and stools by Haas.
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Bel and Fox lounge in the living room. The fir sofa is covered in cushions of buffalo leather. Lamp (top left) by Entler; hand-blown glass sculpture (centre) by Jeff Zimmerman from R&Co.

All the stonework in the kitchen, bathrooms, and decks was made with the same pele de tigre marble that Haas and his twin brother, Simon, used to fabricate the sprightly furniture, fixtures, and sculptures that, at least in part, have elevated the duo to superstar status in the contemporary design world.

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In the kitchen, hand-carved seating by the Haas Brothers surrounds a custom table by Haas. On floors, backsplash, counters, and table, Pele de Tigre marble; Haas Brothers vase.
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The master bath is sheathed in Pele de Tigre marble. Sconces by Studio Job.
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A family soak in the outdoor marble bath, which was hand-carved by Haas.
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A Haas Brothers Pele de Tigre marble sink is outfitted with Rejuvenation hardware.

There are signature Haas Brothers designs throughout, including the hand-carved walnut furniture in the kitchen, ceramic accretion vases with porcelain slip, and bronze sculptures that look strangely similar to the Road Runner’s feet. Haas himself handcrafted the voluptuous walnut column on the upper stair landing and the footed bed in the master suite, the concrete pizza oven in the outdoor kitchen, and the whimsical frog-faced toilet seat in the pink powder room.

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In the den, a Wendell Castle carved-oak mirror hangs above a sculpture, side table, and vase by the Haas Brothers.
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A custom cashmere quilt by the Elder Statesman covers a walnut bed by Haas. Jeff Zimmerman glass pendant; above the bed, art by the Haas Brothers.
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Haas carved the walnut support beam in the stairwell. Jeff Zimmerman illuminated sculpture.
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Fox rests in a Haas Brothers lamp.

Many of the choicest furnishings—including a Wendell Castle mirror, a Sergio Rodrigues lounge chair, and Jeff Zimmerman glass light fixtures—came from R & Co., the New York-based collectable design dealer that represents the Haas Brothers.

Source: Architectural Digest
Photography: Jason Schmidt

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