When it comes to fresh flowers, Emily Thompson is one of our favorite designers. Her use of unconventional materials like real butterflies, wild smilax, fruits and berries, make her classical arrangements more organic in style. Each of her designs is like a work of art so it’s no surprise she often collaborates with sculptor and painter Mark Gagnon.
If you visited the 7th floor at Bergdorf Goodman this fall, perhaps you came upon a new collection which looked more like something from Alice in Wonderland than The Secret Garden. Among the crystal and and china were bouquets of dried flowers and plants painted vibrant shades of purple, yellow, orange and green spilling out of paper mache vases and urns.
This collection, as Emily writes in her “journal”, play[ed] the line of naturalism and artifice for greatest effect, to draw the eye to the wonders of the natural world, and to do it with great material integrity and panache.”
We love how these artists mixed materials to fool the eye and created designs that are both artificial and natural at the same time.