Living with Flowers Hardcover – May 1 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Classy, vibrant and bursting with color, De Swert's floral sculptures, captured beautifully here by Webber, demonstrate that the simple elegance of nature's blooms can not only be enhanced, but elevated to the level of art. "Floral design is much more than filling vases and containers," De Swert writes. "It is the study of a flower's personality through its color, size, stance, and texture." In this volume, the Belgian-born designer, whose works have appeared in such magazines as Martha Stewart Living and O: The Oprah Magazine, presents gorgeous floral sculptures marked by clean lines, defined shapes and vivid hues. The book is broken up by color, the "red" section featuring such striking pieces as red roses arranged in bowls of lemon leaves and the "purple" section showcasing a seemingly oriental-inspired creation consisting of anemones and grape hyacinths in goose eggshells. There's no question that the book's 125 full-color photographs are the main course-De Swert's brief introduction is printed in small, barely readable gray lettering, and the flower arranging tips at the end occupy only one page. Most readers, however, will be more than satisfied by the visual feast contained herein.
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About the Author
Belgian-born Nico De Swert has lived and worked in New York for seven years as a floral designer and interior stylist. His floral arrangements have appeared in leading magazines such as Martha Stewart Living; O, the Oprah Magazine; and InStyle. Wendell T. Webber shoots for a variety of publications, such as Martha Stewart Living and InStyle, as well as such companies as the Gap, American Express, and Mercedes-Benz.
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Floral designer Nico De Swert shuns the usual minimalist approach or the traditional look of flower arrangement and instead goes for masses of interesting forms and volumes of flowers and greens and plants, color keyed in unusual ways. The book is divided into sections that deal with color: oranges, yellows, blues, whites, reds - all sections are filled with seemingly endless ideas novel to this floral genius' mind.
But an equal part of the success of this book goes to photographer Wendell T. Webber whose skill as a still life photographer and whose sensitivity to lighting and focus make these creations by De Swert sing. This is a book for indulgence of the visual senses, yet it is also a stimulus for gardeners to look at the explosions of colors in the natural state in a new way. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 06
one of the most beautiful books on floral design I have ever seen.
The work in this volume is that of an artist.
A must have for those who love art and floral design.
Congratulations Nico De Swert!