Weeks go by and each one is different. Still under the Texan desert’s charm which has infiltrated all the vacant spaces in my brain, I confront a depressing return punctuated with various disgruntlements. Nothing major. Just daily issues of unhelpful people giving me a hard time and Rowan Atkinson who seems to have taken possession of my body. Only one book consoles me of my long exchanges with my mobile customers’ vocal service and my animated debates with the Post Office employees : photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo’sBringing Nature Home, Floral Arrangements Inspired By Naturepublished by the prestigious Rizzoli Editions. Since having it at home I feel like I’ve been given a different bouquet every day. It’s enough for me to open the book and set it on a shelf against a wall to make me feel instantly at ease. Fashioned by stylist and professorNicolette Owen, the floral compositions have the wild glint of abandoned gardens. The subtlety also involves simulating the effortless rawness of countryside flowers and placing them in a typically urban environment. A rare talent you find at a few Parisian florists. Here are three addresses (in case you’d want to please someone reading this post) :
Odorantes, which I’ve already mentioned several times, since 2003 has been distributing rare and mostly naturally scented varieties. They’re grown at such a small scale they never bring back money to their farmers. And when they’re not perfect, Emmanuel Sammartino bathes them in pigmented water to manicure the ends of their petals. Odorantes, 9 rue Madame, Paris 6e, Tel : +33 1 42 84 03 00
Atelier Vertumne created by Clarisse Béraud, has re-attributed a new noble standing to fruit tree branches in the flower hierarchy by associating them with luxurious flowers. I was lucky enough to work opposite this boutique almost ten years ago. I never grew tired of going there to observe the last arrivals and color ranges that changed each week. A treasure of Paris’ first arondissement that prepares the floral decoration of all the pretty shops in the neighborhood. Vertumne, 12 rue de la Sourdière, Paris 1er, Tel : + 33 1 42 86 06 76
Rosebud quietly opened in October 2010 and has just begun a super exhibition of funghi rockery by Fabien Rochoux (if you follow me on Instagram - @lilibarberycoulon – I posted a few photos two weeks ago). Launched by two former Christian Tortu employees and a perfume marketing expert, this little surface offers poetic compositions, in the same realm as the book below.Rosebud, 4 place de l’Odéon, Paris 6e, Tel : +33 1 43 29 66 47
Photography by Ma Récréation of the book Bringing Nature Home
Something to alleviate the things that offend us, of the daily hassles we all share, of the ambient feeling of nausea. It’s nothing miraculous...just a little pinch reminding us that beauty exists, and that you should try and make the most of it rather than focusing on the hideous.
Bringing Nature Home : Floral Arrangements Inspired By Nature, 34.75€, Rizzoli Editions on Amazon