Flower power

Flowers are the subject of the ten projects Domusweb selected for the weekend.

Nendo, Kaleidoscopic Ikebana, set-up view, Tokyo, 2017. Photo Takumi Ota, Kozo Sekiya
Decoration is not over, indeed. One of the most common elements, whether it is a pattern, a vase, an object, but also a building’s plan, is certainly the flower. Symbol of natural awakening, reproductive organ of plants, colour, flower responds to the need for contact with nature even in the interior:  architects and designers, decorators and children deal with its representation. Here we have selected ten projects that have flowers as a subject, real flowers, containers or textures made with what the new technologies allow.

– The main feature of the restaurant designed by Kengo Kuma in Miyagi, Japan, are the suspended flowers, arranged in cylinders made of wooden bar and acrylic.

– Master cabinetmaker Antrei Hartikainen crafts maple wood mixing handcarving and CNC milling, to create delicate shapes inspired by stems, leaves and mushrooms.

– The Organo collection by Moisés Hernández speaks of rythm and composition: hand made with borosilicate glass, each vase calls for flowers at different hights. 

– Located within a shopping mall in Beijing, the 100 sqm nails salon designed by Archstudio gives the clients a warm and relaxed feeling thanks to its laser cut, fluid walls.

– Presented at Design Miami Basel, Tokujin Yoshioka designed a stool for Louis Vuitton that represents its iconic Monogram as four interlaced golden petals.

– The Bellavista restaurant by El Equipo Creativo is a place in Barcelona where guests can enjoy a relaxed and fun environment and where they would feel at home.

– To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana, Nendo created a kaleidoscopic environment where tiny mirrors reflect the flowers and a zen garden.

– Designed by studio 1+1>2 in Vietnam, Lung Luong elementary school appears like a fresh jungle flower in lively colors and with a contemporary design language.

– A delicate cherry blossom branch peeks out of the porcelain vase designed by Nendo for French manufacturer Sèvres, on show at Milan Design Week.

– Fabrica designs chapter II of Da Vetro, a limited edition borosilicate glass collection, whose forms and function push the material to the limit.

Top: Nendo, Kaleidoscopic Ikebana, set-up view, Tokyo, 2017. Photo Takumi Ota, Kozo Sekiya

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