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Sasha Sykes

Sasha Sykes Furniture maker
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Phone:
+353 868711901
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Capturing a moment in time

  • • Sasha's furniture traps natural forms like flowers and birds’ nests in resin
  • • She layers resin in a mould, then sands and polishes the hardened form
  • • Her work is labour-intensive; some pieces take months to make

Sasha Sykes was always making things as a child but didn’t consider it could be a full time profession. She began to train as an architect before side-stepping into retail design, and it was here where she first encountered people working with plastics. Seeing the potential of the material and drawing on her design background, she began to design items in plastic, initially having them made by other people before gradually learning to make them herself. Largely self-taught, she now makes sculptural-functional furniture – consoles, lamps, screens – using plastics and resins, combining these very modern materials with traditional craftsmanship skills to make objects that are truly unique.

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Works

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Bloom!

The Bloom! screen functions as a room divider, telling the story of an Irish border garden over the course of the year. Over 50 types of plants were collected over 18 months and here represented in all stages of their cycle from seeds, to flower and finally to decay.

Width 2400 cm
Height 1600 cm

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Miss Bán

This piece was created as a response to Shiro Kuramata's iconic 1980s chair, Miss Blanche. Inspired by the wild landscapes of Sasha’s native county, Carlow, the chair incorporates a wide range of local and unusual flora. Through a play of scales, Sasha wanted the experience to evoke the notion of sitting in a ditch.

Length 870 cm
Width 500 cm
Height 500 cm

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Gyre (Ophelia)

The swirling vortex of the North Atlantic gyre is captured through the movement of carefully selected seaweeds. Each strand was collected on the west and south coasts of Ireland and incorporated into multiple resin cast panels. The floating organisms are inspired by Eileen Gray's famous screen in which individual “bricks” rotate along a horizontal axis.

Depth 300 cm
Width 1850 cm
Height 1850 cm

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Burning Gorse

This piece is made from wild gorse collected from hedges and ditches around Sasha’s home. Until recently, the local farmers would burn the gorse annually as it takes over the mountainsides and is prickly and unmanageable. The piece, made following a trip to Tokyo, is inspired by Japanese aesthetics.

Depth 760 cm
Width 620 cm
Height 420 cm

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