wiktoria szawiel seals immaterial facets of landscapes within objects

 

 

 

once moving to western europe, wiktoria szawiel yearned for the melancholic eastern landscapes of poland, belarus and russia where she had been raised. she channeled this longing into a series of experimental domestic wares and furniture, trying to capture the memories and immaterial qualities of the places where she grew up, within physical objects.

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
‘landscape within’ includes a chair, side table, stools and tableware

 

 

 

‘landscape within’ is szawiel’s endeavour to recreate the space, light and atmosphere of her past. each design seals in the essence of her early impressions of color, shape, technique and texture; all linking back to the scenic images embedded in her recollections of the nature that surrounded her in her early years. stripped down wood is arranged in patterns, sealed within resin and plaster to create functional, recollections of a bygone era.

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
detail of the stripped down wood that forms patterns in the surfaces of her objects

 

 

 

the collection of vessels, seating, tables and material explorations were presented during dutch design week 2014, and are on show in the ‘sense/nonsense’ exhibition at van abbemuseum until november 9th, 2014.

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
edging detail

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
different base mediums capture the landscapes

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
stool

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
detail of stool seat

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
the body of work captures the colors, textures and shapes of szawiel’s past

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
landscapes are locked within the object’s body

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
‘landscape within’ tableware

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
up close

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
detail of the contrasting materials

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom

 

wiktoria swaziel landscapes within designboom
each piece is unique

 

 


visualizing the ‘landscapes within’
video courtesy of wiktoria szawiel