‘Products for people who live in the city but dream of the country’ ……….. The New York Times
farm21 was formed by Irish designer Sasha Sykes in London in 2001 to design and make sculptural furniture, lighting, artworks and products with a contemporary edge and rural twist. Since then farm21 has moved via New York back to Carlow where operations are run from our strawbale studio in the heart of the countryside. We specialize in using acrylics and resins to encase and encapsulate organic and found materials (bio-plastics) and produce all our work here in Ireland. We aim to inspire people across the globe with our beautiful pieces that incorporate the natural world, urban forms and a touch of humour. Our pieces are made on a commission basis, so we work closely with clients, architects and interior designers to create the perfect piece for each situation.
In the past year we have produced work incorporating everything from ferns to butterflies, thistles to toy soldiers and gorse to gold leaf. Please come and talk to us about designing and producing something completely unique and specific for you, your client or your customers.
farm21 has been widely acclaimed for its innovative approach, originality and quality by the global press, including the New York Times, The London Times, IDFX, Wallpaper, Living Etc and Vogue.
We have provided installations for corporate headquarters such as the Bank of America in Dublin and The Cooperative Group in Manchester, and top hotels such as Carton House and The Cliff House Hotel, as well as homes the world over. Sasha’s work is in many permanent collections, including the National Museum of Ireland (The Wall screen, 2011, and The Carlow Chair, 2008).
About Sasha Sykes…
Sasha Sykes is an artist and creator of highly unusual hand-crafted contemporary furniture and functional artworks. Born in Dublin in 1976, Sasha studied Architecture and worked as a Retail Designer before setting up her design company ‘farm21’ and establishing her solo artistic career. She has worked all over the world including London (1999-2003) and New York (2003-2006) and has now settled in her native County Carlow where she lives with her husband and three young children and works from a strawbale studio next door.
Her work is particularly known for its use of acrylics and hand-cast resins, embedding found objects and collected organic materials, which tell stories of our landscape and social history.
My work is primarily influenced by the scale, approach and aesthetic of the Irish landscape. I like to explore the cycle of life and decay, and the dichotomy of fragility and preservation. I am particularly interested in mankind’s relationship with our surroundings, and expressing the nature of that interaction is central to my work. I like to work with unusual organic and locally found materials; eg, wildflowers and thistles from the Wicklow mountains, mosses and lichens from Carlow or seaweeds and shells from the south & west coasts. Together, objects such as these tell intimate stories about the physical locality as well as shedding light on the values and priorities of people living in the area. This combination of the natural habitat and man’s influence shape and colour everything in our world.
Sasha has work in numerous private and public collections including the National Museum of Ireland (Collins Barracks) and has been selected as part of the CCOI Portfolio 2014.