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.
In the past ten years, Swedish floral designer Per Benjamin has developed his own colour theory for florists. The World of Colour according to Per Benjamin is an educational, entertaining and inspirational book in which Per Benjamin explains his colour theory in detail, both in theory and in practice. The photographs are a mix of studio work, outdoor arrangements and impressive pieces created for the decoration of events such as the Nobel Prize presentation. Taken together, they are the perfect illustration of the inexhaustible possibilities with colour and provide the florist with a perfect guide to easily put together a harmonious palette.