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Handmade Horsehair & Iron Side Chair designed by Alexandra Kohl & J.M. Szymanski

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Chair, 2017 Alexandra Kohl & J.M. Szymanski Horse hair textile, iron and linen Measures: 33” H, 15” W, 17” D Horse-hair textile and blackened iron are combined to form a dynamic juxtaposition of elements. The artists attempt to evoke the history of two unique crafts. Horse-hair, a medium used for centuries, is handwoven on a floor loom by Alexandra Kohl. Contemporary geometries are woven into a pattern that results in a contemporary tapestry which is used as the upholstery textile. J.M. Szymanski uses forging techniques combined with modern machine tools to create a unique iron frame. The frame maintains a simple profile while allowing opportunities for modest decoration. Chair, 2017 is given beast-like features lending the form almost life-like personalities. Subtle decoration at the feet implies four limbs, while a tuft of hair at the chair back suggests a mane. Textile designer Alexandra Kohl and furniture designer J.M. Szymanski met in the Hudson River valley in the fall of 2014. A respect and fascination with each other's work quickly led to a professional design relationship and close friendship. Together, they develop and explore unique one-of-a kind designs that take on dramatic forms made from horse hair, textile, and blackened and waxed iron. Alexandra Kohl was raised in New York and studied Fine art at Skidmore College. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is an artist in residence at Lehrer Architects J.M. Szymanski was raised in Kathmandu, Nepal where his father worked as a global health advocate. He studied Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He lives and works in the Bronx, NY. Both Alexandra and J.M. have garnered the attention of world class interior designers, architects, media outlets, and collectors.  

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    H 33 in. x W 15 in. x D 17 in.H 83.82 cm x W 38.1 cm x D 43.18 cm
  • Seller Location
    Bronx, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU3017317226861
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J.M. Szymanski

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J.M. SZYMANSKI IS AN EXCLUSIVE MAKER & DESIGNER OF ONE OF A KIND FURNITURE AND OBJECTS. THE STUDIO INTRODUCES RADICAL NEW SHAPES AND EXPLORES NEW MATERIALS AND TEXTURES. EACH WORK DEMONSTRATES A FASCINATION WITH SEVERE GEOMETRIES, RAW MATERIALS, AND UNIQUE FORMS. J.M. SZYMANSKI WAS INTRODUCED IN 2014 AND HAS ATTRACTED THE ATTENTION OF TOP ARCHITECTS, INTERIOR DESIGNERS, AND COLLECTORS.   J.M. LIVES IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE HE DESIGNS AND FABRICATES HIS WORK. HIS DESIGN EDUCATION BEGAN IN HIS EARLY CHILDHOOD WHERE HE AND HIS FAMILY SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN NEPAL. LATER, IN HIS EARLY 20’S, HE MOVED TO SPAIN WHERE HE STUDIED THE DESIGNS OF GAUDI, VISITED THE ALHAMBRA, AND MADE FREQUENT TRIPS TO MOROCCO. J.M. RETURNED TO THE USA TO STUDY INTERIOR DESIGN. HE STUDIED AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND AT THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY. HE WENT ON TO DESIGN FOR WILLIAM SOFIELD AND LATER FOR RICHARD MISHAAN.

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