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Misha Kahn

A tiny light for a giant task



A tiny light for a giant task is an early exploration into the quagmire series. The quagmires are about understanding ways in which human systems can be so logic-driven that they’re unusable. The gridwork of the tiling is both a reference to institutional architecture and a way of applying logic to comprehend digital spaces.” – Misha Kahn 

Misha Khan’s light sculpture brightens up the space with its soft form. Imagining the living space of the future is a monumental task, but this work conveys a peaceful, reassuring vision. The uncontainable, irrepressible Misha Kahn is the ultimate exponent of the new design generation. He works across media, scale, and frameworks of reference with a reckless abandon, an astonishing pace of invention that infuses his work with a sense of urgency. This lamp in acid tones is from his latest body of work – finished mere days before Object & Thing. It was made by adhering ceramics to a fiberglass core. Colored grout serves both to unify the fragmentary surface and as a drawing medium, charting the object’s intuitively arranged contours.

Fiberglass, ceramic, grout

Misha Kahn


Misha Kahn has emerged as one of the leading creative voices of his generation. Through a wildly imaginative approach that embraces spontaneity and non-conformity, Kahn allows the illogical and the irreverent to take over his entire process. He employs everything from lo-fi and ad hoc techniques—such as improvisational molds and collage—to virtual reality and other high-tech tools.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1989, Kahn graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Furniture Design. Soon after, he gained recognition when he was featured in the Museum of Arts and Design’s Biennial (2014).

Unafraid to push boundaries, Kahn is determined to question the accepted way of doing things, driving him to self-invent, adapt, and further processes in a myriad of mediums including metalwork, glass, wood, textiles, ceramic, bronze casting, fiberglass, and cement. Voracious to upend traditional techniques, he embraces the opportunity to learn from masters in their respective crafts. Kahn’s acclaimed woven Scrappy series (since 2015), is the result of a collaboration with Gone Rural, a female group of traditional weavers based in Swaziland.

His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collection of museums such as the Corning Museum of Glass, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX and Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY.

Kahn lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Color/

    Green, Yellow

  • Material/

    Ceramic, Fiberglass

  • Dimension/

    53.0 x 46.0 x 53.0 cm (20.9 x 18.1 x 20.9 in)

  • Heritage/


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