Crystals and flowers are some of our planet's most beautiful natural materials. In a bid to combine the qualities of both and bring the beauty of nature inside, Russian artists Katerina Marchenko and Artashes Sardaryan (of SARDART.STORE) decided to create resin crystal trays with real botanicals encased inside them.
“Artashes was inspired by the shape and texture of natural crystals,” Marchenko tells My Modern Met. “He decided to add real flowers to them to make the final objects look really magical.” Each piece features a diverse selection of real flowers and leaves that have been dried, pressed, arranged, and encased in layers of colored epoxy resin.
Although each piece is crafted by human hands, the final results look like real slabs of natural crystal. And just like a fossil, flowers are preserved inside the hard material forever. Each flowering crystal is not only a beautiful work of art, but their flat surfaces also make them the perfect surface for displaying food, drinks, candles, and even jewelry.
While some works are sold as their raw, organic crystal-like form, other pieces have been made into pieces of furniture. Sardaryan attached metal pin legs to one piece to create a coffee table; and with another, he added a wooden frame to turn it into a breakfast tray. According to Marchenko, more home furnishings like these are currently in production and will be available to purchase soon.