"Modern rural" design might seem to be somewhat of a contradiction...
At least in the U.S. But for Irish design types like Sasha Sykes, it seems modernity wasn't quite in such a rush to sell the family farm and move to the city.
Sykes' response in 2001 was to found Farm21, a furniture and art operation that is one part minimalist lucite and two parts hay bale. Think DWR meets Andy Goldsworthy. After several formative years spent in the East London furniture scene, Sykes has arrived in Chelsea, drawn by the "opportunity and the open doors."
We met with Sykes a while back, and dug the stuff, particularly the lamps and even the photographic window blinds
. Admittedly, we're Irish and like to garden, but we find the modern-rural juxtaposition compelling. Warm and organic, but also clean and linear.
Prices on lamps start at $175 and the cubes $375, and the most you can spend at Farm21 is a couple of thousand. Those would seem to be very reasonable prices for room-making pieces that none of your friends will have.
• Green Design: Reclaimed Wood Furniture by Uhuru
• Mary Jane's Paradise Farm
(ReEdited from 2005-5-16 - Rebecca B)