London-based multidisciplinary designer Marcin Rusak, son and grandson of flower growers, has always been fascinated by these natural sources of inspiration and decoration. Rusak’s work, unconstrained by a specific medium, embodies the philosophy of Art Nouveau in a contemporary context.
After a long research, he created a new material called Flora using flowers bought from local markets and encasing their petals in black resin then cut in blocks. Two versions of the material were developed. Flora Temporaria is an ageing material like brass which oxidises or leather through wear gains character and value. The petals slightly change their volume over time and create voids of light around without changing the main structure. In Flora Perma, petals keep their shapes like a modern day man-made fossil.
Rusak used Flora to create a limited number of objects; a lamp, a table and a screen.
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