From a young age, Barron has been drawn to the visual world. She studied ceramic sculpture and art history at Manhattan’s New York University and received a Master’s degree in Design from Pratt in Brooklyn before working in the fields of art, craft and fine jewelry. Thus began a creative journey that continues to this day, often bridging the worlds of fine art and function.
Taking its name and inspiration from the mythical world, Kriest was founded in 2005. From its inception, the company has become sought after for its quixotic aesthetic, often based on Barron’s dreamlife and dedication to fine craftsmanship. Each piece emerges from the artist’s dream journals, which are transformed from repeated sketches and sculpted forms into individual pieces. In the decade since its founding, the collection – including lighting, objects and vessels has become known for its signature material palette of brass, burled wood and cast bronze.
With their delicate silhouettes and otherworldly evocations, Kristin Victoria Barron’s designs, such as the popular Cenotaph Lamp, have been exhibited at The Future Perfect in New York and Los Angeles and at Design Miami/, as well as at some of the world’s preeminent galleries. Barron’s unerring eye has also made a mark in the interior design world, with a series of successful residences along with commercial projects for clients including Nokia, The New York Times and Wonderland Boutique.
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