The Haas Brothers are best known for their “beast” characters that are wooly, whimsical, and wild. The twins, Simon and Nikolai, have used their L.A.-based art studio as the portal to a world of objects that range from the beautiful to the comical—all of which possess anthropomorphic qualities that spark a feeling of connection. In the process, The Haas Brothers have made a name for themselves and garnered an impressive stack of press clippings—New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Architectural Digest—while trying on labels like “enfants terribles” and “art darlings” for size.
Their work lives in the playful space where contemporary fine art meets design for the home. Case in point: last year they moved from being regular fixtures at Design Miami to the art side of things exhibiting at Basel Miami.
This season they’ve added an impressive collab to their CV, which also includes solo exhibitions in New York, Austin, and Miami. The partnership with L’OBJET and its creative director, Elad Yifrach showcases The Haas Brother’s signature mini beasts—with horns, tiny feet, and puckered lips—and transforms them into soup terrines, incense burners, dessert plate sets, and coffee pots.
The collection was inspired by the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree. (The brothers own a plot of land nearby.) The pieces are extremely limited, due to their hand-carved elements and design intricacies. To create the collection, craftsmen at L’OBJET worked on a series of shapes that the Haas Brothers used as canvases to transform into characters.
While the designs came to life in Los Angeles, the production happened in L’OBJET’s Portugal atelier. There, the brothers and Yifrach sculpted prototypes by hand, refining the designs for porcelain pouring. The 24-karat finishings were then painstakingly applied and fired at 1,400 Celsius.
The result of this collaborative work is one of the most imaginative ceramic collections bar none. True to L’OBJET’s philosophy, the pieces are not only beautifully formed, but elegantly functional. And true to Haas style, they’re also super fun.
While the collection is available in Dallas, New York, and online, Aspen clients have a special opportunity to shop The Haas Brother’s pop-up. Taking place throughout August in celebration of Aspen Art Museum’s ArtCrush, the pop-up features the ceramics collection, window display, and an exclusive launch of The Haas Brother’s “Madonna” sweatshirt that commemorates their upcoming exhibition of the same name at New York’s Marianne Boesky Gallery.