THE PIN–UP QUOTE: THE HAAS BROTHERS
We had a piece at Design Miami in Basel last year called The Dolph, and it was a tall stool with animal legs and a furry top. In the back we included a gold nut sack, which you couldn’t see at first. We’d tell people, “There’s a little surprise back there!” And conservative women wearing million-dollar diamond necklaces got on their knees to grab it. And then they’d lighten up, start talking and hanging out. All of a sudden you can relate to that person like a human being, not like they’re a potential client. We like being able to change people’s minds about things. That’s why we choose to explore sexuality and humor. Those are human ways you can speak to somebody on a serious level. You start with a joke, and after that they’re engaged. It’s so basic but also taboo.
Taken from an interview by Michael Bullock in PIN–UP 16, Spring Summer 2014.
Portraits and studio shot by Daniel Trese.