the london design fair 2016 will showcase ‘nature lab’ – a presentation of work by six british artists who have developed radical new techniques to transform everyday substances such as wood, sand, salt, clay, flowers and ice into objects of wonder.
french-born and british based designer marlène huissoud – who comes from a family of bee keepers – had utiilised insect resin through traditional venetian glassblowing and engraving methods to create a glass-like material. this approach challenges industrial waste materials in order to to create future craft artefacts, which presents an alternative solution to commonly used fabrics. marcin rusak takes a similar approach by showcasing the beauty and subtlety of the natural world by suspending flowers in black resin. the project uses this material by translating it onto different surfaces to create a collection of delicate furniture products which echo the ephemeral quality of the natural world.
‘from insects’ marlène huissoud
‘flora lamp’ marcin rusak
‘flora screen’ marcin rusak
edited by: hollie smith | designboom