The Haas Brothers is a studio formed by 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. Besides furniture, the studio is used to present the fans with creative designs sometimes just very intriguing decorative pieces like ceramic vases. The Accretion Vase is a very good example of the creativity of the brothers.
Mixing golden touches with colorful ceramics, the Accretion Vase collection is distinguished by the mastery of its conception.
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.
Accretion Pot family is a project the Haas brothers and their ceramic collaborator have developed. The technique is painstakingly slow and enables them to build up 3-D textures that can be sharp and spikey like a sea anemone or a cactus as well as flat liquid fronds that gently overlap each other. When diving even neophyte like myself knows instinctively not to touch underwater plants or creatures with this coloration. It’s camouflage for toxicity.
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The pots link to all the beasts in the Hass collection in that they feel curiously alive. This gives their work its creepy-chic. More pets than objects, but decidedly not house-broken. One feels they might slowly sidle up to you or that an erect neck might suddenly go flaccid or vice versa. It’s the organic informality form that gives it this near-life quality.
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