Floral Contemporary by Olivier Dupon December 28, 2015 20:27

Amid the excitement, noise and hurly burly of Christmas, I've snatched a couple of minutes here, half hour there, to enjoy my favourite pressie: Floral Contemporary by Olivier Dupon. I had spotted this large, beautiful book in the sale at Anthropologie just before Christmas. My lovely sister snapped up the opportunity there and then to bag a 'sure bet' for a present, (no receipt required) ready for me to unwrap on the big day. 

It didn't disappoint. 

The book showcases the work of some truly creative florists from around the world. The photography is stunning as is the cleverness of the designs and stories behind the artists and their work. 

I am no florist but I am a long-term flower fan. For me flowers are synonymous with family and a sense of nostalgia.  Our mum was a florist and there were always flowers in the house to celebrate any and all occasions.  Every Friday during the summer months, the house was full of flowers and fragrance as Mum worked well into the night to create bouquets, head dresses and garlands for weekend weddings.  

One of the funny things about floristry is that, perhaps like other artforms, it creates a visual 'signature' of the florist. My sister and I could always spot Mum's flower arrangements a mile off at any flower festival or show. Similarly in this book, the UK artists are instantly recognisable to me in terms of their style and skill; while many of the other floral sculptures & installations from overseas are wonderfully exotic, with their choice of flower and constructs. Together they deliver a diverse, international body of work that makes for a really inspiring book  and one that is clearly a labour of love for it's curator and author: Olivier Dupon.

In the introduction, Dupon talks about the new relationship and love he has for flowers and his joy at experimenting arranging new blooms. He isn't alone.  This book has had me snipping at the rose hips, twigs and catkins and scheming about the cut flowers I could grow and enjoy next summer. If Christmas presents are meant to remind you of the past and make you look forward to the year ahead, then this one wins hands down.