The Art of Arranging Flowers
A new hybrid breed of couture florists masterfully mixes humble and haute.
Written by Julia Szabo
Photography by Tara Donne
Produced by Doris Athineos
Stopping by woods on a snowy evening—or walking through your local park—can make one see leafless tree branches in a whole new light. Winter’s exterior decor is so organically lovely, it might inspire you to bring the outdoors in. Gather up fallen specimens from, say, an Eastern White Pine, and arrange those fringy, green-needled twigs in a vessel, accenting them with apples, quinces, or pears. You’ll be in very good company: Talented floral designers from across the country are using simple, naturally beautiful elements in their work to utterly stunning effect.
More and more, edibles and/or humble flora—from potatoes to pinecones, lettuces to leafy greens—are doing strictly decorative duty. A new style of artfully arranged flower design is taking root in refreshingly unpretentious ways; they’re as flexible as bare branches in winter winds and as lyrical as a Robert Frost poem. The names to watch in floral design are finding inspiration in nature for their poetic, understated compositions that favor form, foliage, foodstuffs—and let’s not forget forsythia!—over flash.
The arrangement above is as sumptuous as a Dutch flower painting, but these botanical marvels—a mix of air plants, pine branches, peonies, roses, and ranunculus—are the real thing as styled by designer Bridget Vizoso. “Prague” frame by Larson-Juhl; “London Clay” paint by Farrow & Ball.