TR END – FROZEN IN FURNITURE
Resin is being used in innovative ways to play up the natural beauty of organic material – in the process, creating pieces akin to art.
Resin is being used in innovative ways to play up the natural beauty of organic materials – in the process, creating pieces akin to art.
Polish designer Wiktoria Szawiel captures the immaterial qualities (such as temperature and light) of Eastern European landscapes familiar to her within physical objects. The Landscapes Within collection comprises a chair, a side table, stools and vessels, each with their own “recipe” of wicker or rattan cast into different resins for a variety of textures and opacities. www. wiktoriaszawiel.comtext LOUISA CLARE LIM
LEFT The weathered textures (created from the burrowing of shipworms) of the oak mooring poles in the Venetian canals are preserved and celebrated in the Bent Bench by Italian design firm Alcarol. Resin and thin pieces of wood were used to create the linear structure, so it looks like a single folded plank. www.alcarol.com
ABOVE Souvenir of the Last Century by Italian art and design collective Nucleo makes use of reclaimed discarded antique furniture. These are encased in amber-toned resin, embodying a fossil-like appearance and the idea of preserving craftsmanship from the past. Made exclusively for Gabrielle Ammann Gallery in Cologne. www.nucleo.to
LEFT The Bloom collection of dining, coffee and side tables by British Columbiabased MTH Woodworks puts the focus firmly on the growth rings of tree trunks. The cedar and birch used is salvaged from Vancouver Island, and combined with a flat resin surface, highlighting the beauty of the wood. www. mthwoodworks.com