Miami 2018 – Marcin Rusak upcycled one of the most ephemeral and poetic design materials: flowers. The Polish artist and multidisciplinary designer presents Perma, a furniture collection bound in resin and then machined lengthwise. The surface reveals a new world of natural adornment, wherein a floral pattern unveils the anatomical arrangement of flowers’ shapes and properties.
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“Like the veins in marble or cavities in fossilised stones, Perma’s beauty can be found in imperfections and the meticulous detail of floral cross sections.” Explains Marcin Rusak. “Flowers are given a new life cycle by becoming a permanent part of the material.”
The unexpected array of colour combinations is interweaved with sculptural forms and elaborate painterly effects. “Perma draws on the familiarity of functional furniture, but live as individual manifestations,” explains the designer. The furniture collection featuring seats, shelves and tables debuted at the exhibition of London design gallery Sarah Myerscough during DesignMiami/.
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Marcin’s hand drawn forms develop into a structural assemblage of planes, conjuring up imagery reminiscent of household objects. “Perma contextualises these forms; the pieces become a medium for illustrating their main quality – ubiquitous ornamentation that is not constructed nor dictated”.
According to the designer, the aesthetic of the collection is determined by nature itself and is a representation of the intricacy levels that flower architecture can achieve. “The non homogenous structures combined with tonal variations result in a completely unique quality and visual experience“.
As the son and grandson of flower growers, Marcin Rusak has long been fascinated by these natural sources of inspiration and decoration. Engaging them in his creative process began by reusing waste to investigate new decorative elements within every day objects. Marcin’s work ranges from research and storytelling to cultural criticism around consumption and future scenarios.
All photos: courtesy of Sarah Myerscough.