November 19th, 2016

Modern Arrangements

Earlier this month I attended a GCA event (I’m a proud member) where floral designer Dorothy Pfeiffer demonstrated her impressive arranging techniques. When she was done, I was just as taken with Ms. Pfeiffer’s choice of unusual plant material as with the final product itself. Instead of a predictable bouquet of “pretty” blooms, the famed floral designer created a loose arrangement of black dahlias, oregano, chestnuts, and other unexpected stems—it was spectacular. It got me thinking about using plants in a modern way and here are a few stories I’ve collected that talk to this trend.

This piece in Architectural Digest on the new Moda Operandi Store mentions that Lauren Santo Domingo instructed Brooklyn florist Saipua to not use cut flowers in the arrangements for the Madison Avenue shop, just foliage, and bonsai trees.

Images © Architectural Digest

Next up, The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story on 1920s British florist Constance Spry and a renewed interest in her work. “Creating Bouquets the Scavenger-Hunt Way: A Guide”  talks about Ms. Spry’s influence today as we strive to incorporate unusual, and often unfashionable, plants into arrangements.

Images © The Wall Street Journal

Speaking of Constance Spry—I spied on Instagram a few of Steven Meisel’s Spry-style photographs commissioned by designer Jonathan Anderson for the Loewe store opening in Madrid this week. Vogue spoke with Anderson about the Spry influenced show and entreats us to “(t)rust Anderson to dare point at previously uncool things and to “cool” them again.” Agreed.

Top images Instagram, below © Vogue.

And finally, I love this leggy geranium on Amanda Brooks’ Instagram feed, it’s runaway tendril says it all.


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  • I come from a long line of very loose flower arrangers with more greenery, herbs etc, than cut flowers.
    The photos above are beautiful, and I love bonsai trees so much.

    KathyNovember 19th, 2016  11:13 AM

  • I seldom buy flowers. I just go into the yard with my clippers and forage–greenery, seed pods, rose hips, whatever is there. It makes beautiful, unusual arrangements.

    PindaNovember 19th, 2016  6:12 PM


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