Misha Kahn was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1989. His creations are genius art furniture pieces that you will not find anywhere else. There is nothing like them in the design world.
He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Tel Aviv the following year. In 2008, Misha’s work was included in 20 under 20 at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. His concrete Heyerdahl lamps were among the works in Bjarne Melgaard’s 2013 installation at the Whitney Biennial, and his work was exhibited in 2014 at NYC Makers: MAD Biennial at the Museum of Art and Design, New York. Misha Kahn lives and works in Brooklyn.
Do you believe that his creations are made of our garbage? Yes, it’s true! How can garbage turn into this art?
“Whatever could this have been?” asks Misha Kahn, plucking a contorted, seemingly plastic piece of garbage from a shelf at his Bushwick, Brooklyn, studio. “A man-made product went into the ocean and came out like this, totally mangled.”
Turns out, his adolescent craft projects were right on the money. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, Kahn has quickly emerged as a leading talent in Brooklyn’s growing scene of designers—including his friends and fellow RISD alums Katie Stout and Chris Wolston—who are challenging conventions of taste and functionality.