Sasha Skyes’ handcrafted resin furniture

Designs featuring organic materials and found objects blur the lines between furniture and art

Of all the beauteous pieces of furniture in the world, the one I lust after most is Shiro Kuramata’s Miss Blanche chair – a sublime arrangement of red paper roses enclosed in clear acrylic. My chances of ever owning one are almost zero, given that only about 56 were ever made, and in 2011, one of them sold at Christie’s for £205,250. But I was reminded of Kuramata by the work of Sasha Sykes, an Irish artist-cum-designer who also encases found objects in acrylics and resin. Although she’s worked in London and New York, she now lives in County Carlow and her creations seem suffused with a melancholic  Irish lyricism. She likes, she says, “to explore the cycle of life and decay and the dichotomy of fragility and preservation”. Her signature clear-acrylic Cubes (from £500) and lamps (example second picture, £760) are filled with straw, moss, feathers, flowers, lichen, seaweed and other foraged organic materials, as well as collected objects and memorabilia. Everything is made to order and other designs include beautiful screens, such as the Month of November (£4,000), in which clear resin is embedded with beech leaves in colours from green through to rust; and the Burning Gorse chest (£5,400, third picture), whose acrylic drawers are filled with yellow gorse flowers. And most poetic of all, perhaps, is the Shogun Stool, a bench made from resin and filled with red rose petals (£1,600, first picture). You can buy directly from Sykes, who is also open to private commissions.


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