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Encyclopedia of Flowers

Makoto Azuma is an artist that works in the medium of plant life and flowers. His installations, where plant form is experimented, have been very well received in the art community. Additionally, his Tokyo shop, Jardin des Fleurs, where he stands as “haute couturier” of flowers, produces arrangements of variable scale and function. With Shunsuke Shiinoki behind the lens, Azuma has produced an extraordinary book, Encyclopedia of Flowers.

Don’t let the name fool you, this is no standard reference book with stock images, rather, a stunning visual guide to over two thousand species, indexed scientifically, and ordered into five sections: Whole, Flock, Coexistence, Hybrid, and Appearance. The composition and photography is outstanding, and in many cases, the richness of colour on the page is striking. Use of unexpected (or unknown) plants, with parts of the plant you don’t typically see integrated into the arrangement, make for fascinating visuals.

This remarkable “encyclopedia” is equally at home with a lover of nature, art, flowers, or photography; but by opening it up, you’ll certainly appreciate the combination of all of these aspects.

$85, available at Lars Müller Publishers

Ett Hem Stockholm

Ett Hem is a 12-room hotel in Stockholm, based in an early-20th-century former private residence. The interiors were executed by designer Ilse Crawford (Studioilse), and feature a comfortable composition of antiques, mid-century design icons, and simple, decidedly Swedish luxury.

This short video by Gavin Elder explores the intention behind the space and decoration.

More at: Ett Hem









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