Marcin Rusak has unveiled a new collection of nature-inspired furniture at Twenty First Gallery in New York. The exhibition, Flora Noir, showcases 11 furnishings that Rusak surfaced with florals suspended in resin.
The son and grandson of flower growers, Rusak has long drawn inspiration from greenery. “My childhood playground was a glasshouse,” he says. He started investigating florals more closely during his graduate studies at London’s Royal College of Arts, where he developed a process of printing discarded flower petals directly onto silk textiles.
Translating his textile patterns onto furniture was a natural step for Rusak, who starts by hand-picking greenery and flower petals. He then suspends these organics in resin or binds them with shellac, resin, and beeswax, which slows the aging process. “This leads to two avenues,” Rusak says. “I either slice up the resin slabs into strips that form a dynamic pattern, or present a unified surface that evokes a painting.”
New introductions to Rusak’s oeuvre include a desktop sculpture, a console, and a wall light that join desktop lamps, a circular dining table, and a freestanding partition. Rusak exhibited the latter objects earlier this year at Maison & Objet Paris, where he received the prestigious Rising Talent Award with other up-and-comers such as Studio Swine and Sebastian Cox.
Flora Noir will be on display until June 16 at Twenty First Gallery in New York.