London-based designer Marcin Rusak continues his exploration of using waste flowers as a source material, driven by a desire to repurpose commercial flowers and prolong their use. Since noting his work in our Resource rationale, Rusak has refined this material further in his latest collection, Flora.
Flowers and leaves are immersed in a specially developed black resin to create this striking composite, which Rusak calls Flora Perma. Its modest origins redefine the idea of a luxurious material, while the plants become relics in the resin. The new products include a room screen, a cylindrical light and a table.
The light and screen are made from slices of Perma Flora, creating a veined, stone-like material reminiscent of marble. The table is made from a similar material, named Temporia, which allows the embedded flowers to shrink over time. This forms small voids in the tabletop that refract light.
Rusak’s exploration reimagines and questions what is valuable and drives new ideas for materials. This appreciation of sustainable approaches to new materials is further explored in our New Noble rationale.