What better way to celebrate Halloween than with the L’Objet Haas Brothers collection’s most-loved monsters? Liviani Putri visited the Elite showroom in Kebayoran Baru.
Before we stepped into the Elite showroom at Kyai Maja, Kebayoran Baru, our thoughts were of Halloween and those classic orange and black pumpkins you see everywhere at this time of year. But such ideas were washed away as soon as we spotted L. Shinta’s table setting. There were pumpkins, to be sure, but the setting was white and bright, with autumn leaves spread all around.
Shinta greeted us with a gracious smile. “This time around, we wanted to present something out of the box,” she explained. “Usually, we use a lot of flowers, but this is an autumnal setting, with Halloween just around the corner.”
There are no boundaries when it comes to table settings, she informed us. “From a classic approach to fun, and even a dramatic or elegant look, it’s all possible. Come, take a look at these monsters!”
The founder of Elite was referring to the L’Objet Haas Brothers collection, an extraordinary meeting of imaginative minds and skilled hands. Inspired by the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, Los Angeles-based artists Simon and Nikolai Haas worked in close collaboration with Elad Yifrach, Creative Director at L’Objet, to create a collection that spans tableware, home décor, textiles and fragrances.
Together, they have brought to life a family of characterful creatures with the highest quality of finish and function. The collection’s most-loved monsters are described by the brothers as “wild things”. As the whimsical story goes:” Despite their celestial origins, they’ve made a home in Joshua Tree, where they roam free under fierce sun and freezing firmament. And so it was, with sunscreen and a camera, that we headed out to the wilderness to capture them in their adopted habitat.”
Shinta says it was love at first sight when she discovered the collection, and she just had to have it for Elite. “They are so beautiful, unique yet playful, that’s why I become so intrigued,” she laughed as she showed us how she combined the Nightbloom Hanging Lamp, designed by Marcel Wanders for Lladró, with the Haas Monster Incense Burner. Lifting the monster’s torso she said: “You see, there’s a burner inside and its fragrant smoke is released through the creature’s brass horn. Having this on your dinner table will make the ambiance more interesting, right?”
The tableware came from the Haas Mojave Dinnerware collection, whose design features an intricate and organic pattern reminiscent of shiny pebbles and the infinity of stars in the desert sky, as well as Haas Djuna Coffee and Tea Pots. Seasonings were to be found in the Haas Niki+Simon Salt and Pepper Shakers.
The candle holders Shinta selected were the Harcourt Our Fire Candlestick designed by Philippe Starck for Baccarat and the Haas Mojave Unicorn Candle 4-Wick by perfumer Yann Vasnier. The latter has dry, woodsy notes native to the desert, as well as a most distinctive shape.
As for the dessert, where were the plates, we wondered? Our host soon put us out of our suspense, opening a Haas Lynda Box+Plates. Here, a set of four exquisitely decorated plates was to be found. “She’s a secretive creature who likes to hide treasure in her belly,” Shinta explained with a laugh.