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Friedman Benda

Misha Kahn

Mole Eats Worm, 2020

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Misha Kahn

Designer

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.

Exhibited at DESIGN MIAMI.BASEL 2024 Edition of 20/ Beginning in 2018, Misha Kahn began making the “soft” Claymation works, which are steel frames covered in foam, which are then covered in cashmere or velvet. Kahn looks at upholstery as the “final frontier” and elaborates, “As you unlock levels, at some point you get to start making soft seating.” The soft series, boldly color-blocked, is particularly well-suited for Kahn’s prescient use of color. Mole Eats Worm is his first editioned sofa. 

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