Creative salvage has a renaissance at Design Miami/Basel

September 24, 2021

By Tom Seymour


At the design fair, contemporary designers are creating collectible rarity through the judicious use of discarded and salvaged material


Misha Kahn at Friedman Benda

Winner of the Best of Show Contemporary Work 2021, 32-year-old Misha Kahn continues to blaze a trail as a modern pioneer of salvaged design. Working in the legacy of Creative Salvage, the 1980s, London-based punk movement, the work on show here highlights Kahn’s ability to transform industrial materials found near his studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Gallerist Marc Benda calls Kahn “a natural scavenger.”

“He cannot help himself,” he says. “Kahn is fluid—he’s happy to work between noble materials and someone else’s trash. He doesn’t make a distinction between the two.” Kahn’s prices range from $30,000 to $70,000.


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