Koji Arai is one of those people who discover their vocation and great passion in life by chance. When he took a job in a flower shop in Sao Paolo, he did it mainly out of practical necessity and to improve his level of Portuguese. The man could barely tell a tulip from a rose, let alone tie a bouquet. There was not much time to teach him the special tricks and finer points of flower arranging, so Koji Arai learned the trade mainly by stealing with his eyes. He turned out to be an exceptional talent. His love for plants, flowers and floral design grew into an obsession. Back in Japan, he became floral designer and product developer at Dai-ichi Engei. The designs in this book, however, are not related to his professional work. The Eternal Flower is his declaration of love to flowers. With this book, he wants to give a voice to the beauty of their colours, their wonderful eccentricity, their shapes, their life and death, their fragility and elegance and cherish and preserve them for eternity. Koji Arai puts his talent at the service of his beloved flowers, hoping to move as many people as possible with their unique individuality. Something he does with great mastery and bravura.
Floral masterpieces in Paris, created by top florist Gilles Pothier! Gilles Pothier is without doubt the only French florist who is world-famous. He gives demonstrations in all corners of the world. Often, the most beautiful interiors of Paris form the backdrop for his majestic floral compositions.
Bouquets is the new book in Laura Dowling’s inspiring ‘how-to’ series and builds on the premise of her successful first book Floral Diplomacy in the White House (2016), namely the idea that flowers have the power to change the way people think and feel and to create powerful emotional connections – with nature and with others, with our past and with our desires for the future.
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.
For Japanese floral artist Manabu Hashiguchi, the wreath is not only the favourite form of expression, but also the most expressive. Its symbolism is universal. Without beginning or end, the wreath stands for eternity and the endless process of renewal in nature.