Story of the KO Sticks Foldable Star
Designed by John Kostick in 1965, KO Sticks Foldable Star sculptures are made from solid bronze that will develop a beautiful patina over time. They can be hung, placed on display or even just played with. Starting as geometric concepts, the stars are described by their designer as “mathematical truths that you can hold in your hand”.
John Kostick’s inspiration came when he attended a lecture by Buckminster Fuller in 1962. Kostick, a physics student at Brandeis University at the time, realised he could illustrate and explore sophisticated mathematical concepts in a straightforward way by building models. The exploration of “mathematically interesting forms and innovative and effective ways to build them” has motivated him ever since.
Each 7 inch KO Sticks Foldable Star sculpture is made by hand by John Kostick himself in his Massachusetts workshop, using the same tools and techniques utilised in the original pieces. Exclusively available in the UK at Those That Know.
The stars make great gifts and create a perfect finishing touch to a mid-century design-inspired room. An original piece of modern designed to be unique and affordable. To quote John, “The development of handmade, original design products intended to be affordable was very much in and of the spirit of the times. The stars represented a new way to look at spatial composition, at how elements of structure can be organised. I found it rewarding to make and sell these novel objects with math and science content, expressed through handiwork and artisan skills.”
- Original mid-century design piece, first produced in 1965
- 7″ in diameter
- Solid bronze construction that will develop a beautiful patina over time
- Can be hung or placed on display
- Handmade in Massachusetts
- Patented since 1970
- Available exclusively in the UK at Those That Know