R & Company is thrilled to announce the arrival of Afreaks, a series of sculptural furniture and objects designed and produced by The Haas Brothers and The Haas Sisters (a group of women from South African townships), in South Africa and Los Angeles.
Each design is a collaborative effort between the Brothers and Sisters, from sketching to sculpting to stitching. The resulting design objects are extraordinarily expressive forms that embody the history of indigenous beading cultures as well as the Haas’ unique design aesthetic.
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The Haas Brothers and The Haas Sisters project is a natural extension of Simon and Niki Haas’ commitment to open a dialogue about social concerns through art and design. This new venture illuminates issues of creativity and authorship as they relate to privilege. Additionally, the project furthers the deep spirit of collaboration that is a vital part of twins Simon and Niki’s work.
Of the project, Simon Haas says, “South Africa showed us that beauty comes in many forms, and the beauty we witnessed from The Haas Sisters of Khayelitsha has impacted our view of the world more deeply than anything else we’ve experienced. We embarked on this project understanding it as a journey rather than a means to produce a product, so these objects serve as records of the most beautiful meeting of minds we could have asked for than as objects with any concrete function.
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