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Designer Kinsley Byrne

Venus stool

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Description

The Venus stool. Originally carved from a block of tulip wood, the shape has been lost wax cast in bronze. At the time of carving, I was probably thinking of a strong woman or mother figure and the shape started to come out like a female torso. I was thinking of strength, beauty and power, like a powerful strong shape, like a bollard that a ship is tied to, (as I spent many years sailing) or a woman on which you are tied, something unmovable and strong and solidly placed.
The shape reminded me of the Venus figurines, so I started doing some research and came across some interesting prehistoric pieces, especially the fertility forms of the Blagotin site in Serbia which I had never seen before and had a similar form. The astronomical symbol for Venus is the same as that used in biology for the female sex: a circle with a small cross beneath. The Venus symbol also represents femininity, and in Western alchemy stood for the metal copper. From antiquity polished copper has also been used for mirrors, and the symbol for Venus has sometimes been understood to stand for the mirror of the goddess.

Limited Edition: 12
Full dimensions (cm)

450x350x500

Weight (kg)

25

Material

Production Year

2018

Design destination: London
Designer: Kinsley Byrne Category:

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Full dimensions (cm)

450x350x500

Weight (kg)

25

Material

Production Year

2018

The designer

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Kinsley Byrne
When the mind is taken away from the ordinary, the possibility arises to awaken the imagination. My work explores the making of furniture and symbolic artifacts through direct carving in wood. Developing ideas and archetypes relating to science and philosophy, with a metaphorical connection to existence and the human journey. ​ Balancing beauty and simplicity, I like to make pieces which stimulate curiosity, evoke a connection with the past, with the mysterious and the unknown. ​ Born in Yorkshire, I studied furniture making at Leeds College of Art and Design, with two placements at Ecole Boulle in Paris. I went on to work as a cabinet maker for David Linley making many pieces for his shop in London. After a period working on wooden boats and restoring and sailing my own gaff rigged cutter, I settled in Cornwall and continue to develop ideas in Art, Craft and Design.
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Max Fraser
Max Fraser is the Adorno curator of design destination London. Venus stool by Kinsley Byrne is carefully selected as a piece that reflects the local design scene of London. As a local and recognized design expert Max Fraser's curation is a quality assurance that buying from Kinsley Byrne is a safe investment in the most important design from London right now.

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