TR END – FROZEN IN FUR­NI­TURE

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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

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