Landscapes resonate with people – they have cultural meaning, particular functions within society and they connect with memory. The pieces capture the essence of memory in physical objects where material, colour, technique and shape all link back to that embedded memory of landscape. From those little notions of a space, of light, of atmosphere, my project emerged. I aimed to capture the beauty and the spirituality of an eastern landscape within a physical object.

Wiktoria Szawiel, a Polish designer residing in Netherlands and Portugal, designed these collections of wicker chair furniture and basket weave. Szawiel’s deliberate use of broken rattan encased in resin encourages us to see beyond its delicate appearance and see the ‘landscape within’. It’s opaque material enables us to see the contrast of the dark skin and its lighter layers exposed contrasting with the smooth texture of the resin, as if the organic matter is growing within.