Sasha Sykes is best known for her remarkable resin sculptures, which are usually composed of straw, moss, seaweed and flowers set in poured resin, and are in the collections of numerous private individuals and public institutions, including the National Museum and Bank of America in her native Ireland.
However Sasha started out as a furniture designer, and her stylish collection of cocktail themed bookends, created specially for The Garnered, represent both a return to her roots and a dramatic departure, as they eschew Sasha’s usual subject of organic material in favour of bold and unapologetically synthetic blocks of pigment, emphasising vital colour and contrast.
Sasha now hosts informal gatherings in her bar - which boasts bright pink flooring and green velvet banquette seating - every Thursday evening, and serves guests cocktails made of spirits infused with natural ingredients such as rhubarb, elderflower, blackberries, gooseberries and rose petals found whilst foraging for her usual (and unusual) materials.
The new bookends are inspired by the celebratory and creative atmosphere of the bar and the retro Memphis colors of the space and the cocktails served there.
“I was also dreaming of a mythical, 1980s, first-class Pan Am lounge,” says Sasha.