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Living with Flowers [Hardcover]

Nico De Swert , Wendell T. Webber

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Book Description

May 1 2005
Nico De Swert's fantastic floral arrangements are anything but traditional bouquets. They are more likely to resemble the bustle of an haute couture evening gown, an art installation, or an abstract explosion of colors and textures. Shunning traditional romantic floral design and instead striving for gorgeous artifice, De Swert challenges the viewer to see flowers and plants in a new light: as a medium, much like fabric or paint, for creating art.

In Living with Flowers, the accomplished floral designer and interior stylist offers a dazzling collection of new ideas for extraordinary floral arrangements: a sphere of tightly packed crimson roses overlaid with perfectly flat dark green leaves, mimicking a watermelon; or a dome-shaped tower of tiny mauve and lavender blossoms rising out of a pewter bowl. With color as its organizing principle, this exquisite book provides captions listing the wide range of flowers and plants used, as well as tips on how to extend their life and show them off to best advantage. A source guide for the best flowers and materials rounds out this exceptional volume.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810958953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810958951
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,214,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flowers as Art by Artist Nico De Swert Sept. 20 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For sheer beauty this book of floral designs is one of the finest on the market. Published by Harry N Abrams in that publishing house's usual flair for quality of paper and color reproduction, LIVING WITH FLOWERS is a stunning volume that not only allows the viewer to see creative floral sculptures but also reveals resources not usually accompanying volumes such as this.

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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Took my breath away Sept. 30 2005
By Daniel P. Yang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is absolutely beautiful to look at. The arrangements are wonderfully creative. The only minor complain I have with it is that it does not include some sort of instructions on the "how to".
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous June 19 2014
By Sadie Thorndike - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Some of the most creative floral treatments I ever will see. Just exceptional. Beautifully and richly photographed. Well worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful images and writing Nov. 30 2012
By Justin J DeMutiis - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is wonderful in so many ways. The florals and designs gorgeous and unique. The images are stunning, and the writing is beautiful. As a wedding photographer with a love for beautiful floral arrangements and home decor, this book is a great addition to my small collection of coffee table books in my living room. It is also serving as inspiration for an editorial shoot I'm planning in the new year.
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly gorgeous. June 11 2006
By Libby A - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Along with Madderlake's "Flowers Rediscovered", this is one of my favourite book of floral art. The photography is gorgeous and many of the designs are eminently do-able. I wish the vase suppliers were acknowledged individually...........I'm desparate to find the multi-opening vase on page 14.

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