“I have a hard time labeling what I do since it merges different worlds,” says Laila Gohar, the Egyptian-born, New York–based creative whose practice exists somewhere between fine art and cuisine. She is known for her highly sensory, conceptual food installations, like the mountain of 5,000 marshmallows she sculpted for Tiffany & Co.
In January, she caught the design world’s attention with Loaf, a trompe l’oeil armchair produced in collaboration with Sam Stewart for the opening of “Comfort,” an exhibition curated by her husband, designer Omar Sosa, at Friedman Benda. “What was most interesting to me was to see how children interacted with the work,” says Gohar of the chair that was made of brioche and deconstructed piece by piece. “Food feels like a language I can communicate with.”
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A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Spring Issue under the headline Creative Minds. Subscribe to the magazine.