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Misha Kahn

Ammonoid Gamma

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If one work were to crystalize the thesis of Misha Kahn’s recent Soft Bodies, Hard Spaces it would be an Ammonoid chair: our environments should reflect our true human nature. We are not rigid and four-sided, but rather soft, fleshy and changing. The Ammonoid series refers to a group of extinct cephalopods, in the mollusk family, that is related to the modern-day Nautilus. Kahn’s take are distinctly two-sided, exposing a bright personality on the face, and another more complex, undulating and vulnerable one is revealed only when one’s viewpoint shifts. Kahn’s Ammonoid Gamma is cloaked in pink and yellow—a combination that at first blush might evoke a candy-shop, but also one of the most marvelous combinations found in nature, be it on a flower or a Rosy Maple moth—is also wooly in nature. The felt is hand-tailored “on the body” so as to keep the lines as crisp as its 3-D rendering origin.


Misha Kahn

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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.

  • Date/

    2020

  • Color/

    Pink

  • Material/

    Stainless Steel, Wool

  • Dimension/

    112.0 x 109.0 x 94.0 cm (44.1 x 42.9 x 37.0 in)

  • Style/

    Contemporary

  • Heritage/

    USA

  • Ships from/

    New York

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