Since first setting eyes on his Flora Noir Collection, Marcin Rusak is a Craftsman that I have much admired. He is another craftsman that combines beautiful art with furniture to create stunning statement pieces. Very collectable works of art.
Born in Poland, Marcin studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Moving to London he continued his studies at The Royal College of Art. He now runs a studio in the capital, with all of his furniture pieces being produced in the Netherlands.
Having a family history of 100 years of flower growing, he developed a fascination in the process of using flowers as a material for his work. Collecting discarded blooms and waste from florists, he found that the process of decay could be just as beautiful as the moment of full bloom. These faded blooms were embedded in black resin to create the beautiful panels for his work.
What may seem quite a simple process is rather more complex that it would first appear. Using flowers as a material, Marcin had to find a way to preserve them in the resin. Working together with a scientist, he found a way to inject flowers with bacteria, in order to transform them into aged material. Over a long period of time, the flowers build up silver voids of light around their petals creating a unique ageing effect.
As an Artist, Marcin is constantly experimenting with new concepts and designs. With the unique processes he has developed, no two pieces will ever look the same. Individual flowers are picked from his own floral library. However, Marcin doesn’t regard flowers as something that characterises him as an artist. They are simply a tool, a material, to emphasise what he is thinking about.
To commission a piece from Marcin or to see more of his work and latest designs visit his website www.marcinrusak.com