Creature Comforts

The Haas Brothers' "Beast" collection.

At 29, Los Angeles–based Nikolai and Simon Haas (fraternal twins) have made their shared name by doing custom creative construction, designing and making coffee tables, vases, and the like; their work has been tapped by celebrity creatives from Nicola Formichetti to Peter Marino. This spring, New York gallery R & Company featured their creature-like “Beast” daybeds, chairs, and stools, with crudely formed cast-bronze legs thatched with Icelandic sheepskin. By presenting “Beast” beside the work of studio furniture movement icon Wendell Castle, the gallery is introducing the brothers as the van of a new generation of studio design-artists. “Their practice is limitless,” says R & Company co-founder Zesty Meyers.