American artist and designer Misha Kahn presented a series of new limited-edition pieces at the Nomad Monaco collectible-design fair, featuring colorful jewels, shiny metal, and seashells. Kahn created 15 new designs for New York gallery Friedman Benda, which was presenting atthe design fair for the first time.
Nomad Monaco 2018 took place from 26th to 29th April, inside a Monte Carlo villa that was once home to Karl Lagerfeld.
Friedman Benda’s showcase was located in one of the spaces on the ground floor of the building.
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The centerpiece of the presentation was a large-scale stainless steel coffee table adorned with jewel-like colored glass forms, which Kahn said “feel like sapphires and rubies and gems that have gone limp and have become infectious”. An addition to Kahn’s Angler series, the piece is named Back Bend Starfish Puts On All Her Jewels For Her Workout.
Kahn also created two new armchairs for his colorful Claymation series, designed to look like molded blobs of clay. Named American Gothic and Slurp, Snap, Arm Akimbo, the chairs are intended to offer a sense of fun.
“I think furniture tends to be so static in its stance,” said Kahn. “I wanted to try to capture this sense of levity and motion, like it was a sort of freeze frame in an animation, where shapes are having fun and happen to have assembled themselves into chairs.”
Kahn’s presentation also included a chair called Miss Fishy, designed to reflect on the plight of the sea.
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