According to Swedish master ﬂorist Per Benjamin, ﬂoral art is all about emotions. Bringing ﬂowers to the people is translating and communicating emo- tions, is showing them that the future has always something good and beautiful to offer. In this book he shares his personal ideas about ﬂowers and crea- tivity. His unstoppable curiosity is his driving force and allows him to ﬁnd new materials as well as new ways to use the old ones. Per Benjamin is without a doubt one of the greatest ‘technicians’ in the world of ﬂoristry. In this book he shows a wide range of arrangements, from the well known playful and col- ourful, almost kitschy pieces to the more natural transparent, discrete ones. However, they always manage quite easily to draw one’s attention in an elegant, charming way. This updated and revised edition of his very successful monograph Elements (2004) demonstrates how his pieces have stood the test of time and are still very refreshing and relevant.
The combination of Ikebana and haiku results in a more than successful marriage. The similarity between the two arts goes far beyond their common Japanese origins. The seductive simplicity of the haiku, its sparse use of words and subtlety, its silences and deep grounds, its rhythms and seasons… These are only some of the characteristics that Haiku shares with Ikebana.