Misha Kahn was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and received a BFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. He currently lives and works in New York, NY. His work exists at the intersection of design and sculpture, exploring a wide variety of media and scales, from mouse to house. Kahn’s approach combines an array of processes, from casting, carving, welding, and weaving, to imaginative and singular modes of production.
Misha has been represented by Friedman Benda for the last seven years, and has had three solo presentations at their New York space, as well as in Seoul, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Monaco.
His process flows fluidly between hand sketching, watercolor painting, clay sculpting, and virtual reality design–pinballing among these disparate approaches. Similarly, the production of his work sometimes happens entirely in the studio and other times requires trips to artisans in far-flung locales such as Swaziland, South Africa, Mexico, Italy, and Turky. This freewheeling approach prompted the design technologist John Maeda to say, “Misha creates work for a parallel wonderland, where traditional perception of material and structure is pushed to the edges of the room to make space for one big party.”
Misha’s work lives in many private collections and hotels, as well as Dior stores, an underwater sculpture garden for a resort in the Maldives, and in publications such as Wallpaper and T, The New York Times Style Magazine. He has tackled large public sculpture commissions, but he has also created smaller treasured including a fine jewelrey collaboration with Giancarlo Montebello and a popular accessible collection of resuable straws.
Kahn’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Museum of Art and Design, the Dallas Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His pieces live in the permanent collection of numerous museums and public collections such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Corning Museum of Glass.