Eddy Sykes is like a jack-of-all-trades. He is part inventor, part designer, part architect, part mechanic, and all parts cool. Recently I was in Los Angeles and I discovered Sykes work at a furniture store called J.F. Chen. While wandering around looking at all of the beautiful things (there are so many there!) I passed by some chandeliers designed by Sykes. At first glance I thought they were just incredible chandeliers – super contemporary, brightly colored, uniquely designed. Then they transformed in front of my eyes, literally.
Sykes is a creator of living objects; ones that change, grow, and tell a story (the more technical, for this kind of thing being kinetic art). He dreams up these incredible pieces, whether they are clouds, gardens, lights, or anything else, and then figures out a way to build them from scratch. For engineering problem-solving Sykes looks at everything from crumpled paper to quilts to the pattern on a stick of chewing gum, and then he handcrafts each and every component – from the big pieces all the way down to the nuts and bolts.
If you are in the L.A. are go see them for yourself at J.F. Chen – 941 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. 90038