Dried flowers come alive in Marcin Rusak's collection
After two years of research investigating nature and material, London-based designer Marcin Rusak released his Flora collection. From a distance the black resin-made objects look like today’s trending mock-marble pieces, but upon a closer look a beautiful floral pattern is revealed. Rusak developed a method where he encases real flowers in resin, then cuts the blocks into panels exposing the colourful petals on the surface. The technique was applied to create a lamp, a screen, and a table, each utilising flowers from local markets and stalls.
Rusak created two different types of materials: the Flora Prema, applied to make the lamp and the screen, are showing cross-sections of the flowers, reminiscent in its look of stones and fossils. This type remains the same over time, with plants keeping their shapes and colours. Flora Temporana, however, is an ageing material, where petals change their volume throughout the years, revealing silver voids around their initial shapes.
Both versions of the petal-raisin mixture were combined with either brass or aluminium, that help to turn nature into the base material of withstanding, long-lasting, and durable furnishings.
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