Unique Furniture Designs: Scrappy Cabinet Design by Misha Kahn
More Unique furniture designs! American designer Misha Kahn worked alongside basket weavers in Swaziland, Africa to create this unique cabinet made from grass, trash and stained glass found on a beach.
The New York-based designer based the Scrappy cabinet – regarded by many visitors as the standout object at the fair – on the “sense of a treasure hunt”, using a number of unusual materials to create the abstract form.
Working with a collective of basket weavers in Swaziland, a landlocked country in southern Africa, Kahn used grass to form the main woven structure.
However, as the country is facing a severe drought and grass is scarce, Kahn had to find a second material help shape the cabinet and introduced pieces of rubbish.
The trash was then incorporated into the weave, with larger parts forming the cabinet doors and smaller parts adding color and decoration.
Pieces of stained glass found on a beach were used to add further decoration to the two semicircular doors.
The Scrappy cabinet is the latest piece by the designer, who describes his aesthetic as “uncomfortable”.
He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Kahn presented his Scrappy Cabinet alongside an installation of chandeliers made from blown glass and metal at Friedman Benda gallery’s stand at the Design Miami collectors’ fair.
His designs a wide range of furniture like mirrors, chandeliers, and other cabinets.
“There’s a big push back against the era of good taste,” he said. “I do think there’s an apocalyptic zeal in the air and people are kind of saying f*ck it – why not buy something insane and put it my house.”