Florals

Playtime in Paris

We find inspiration in every interaction, and we can't deny that our travels seem to serve up inspiration overload. This past February, we got to hang out for a couple of weeks in the city of lights, Paris. Known for it's classic architecture, iconic monuments, and undeniable Parisian style, we were thrilled to be back to explore and immerse ourselves into the rich culture.

One highlight of the trip was a visit to the famed Four Seasons Hotel George V. This 8-storey landmark built in 1928 is a striking blend of classic and new--from its curated collection of 18th century wares and modern floral installations by acclaimed artistic director, Jeff Leatham. We're fans of Jeff's work and love the modern voice he infuses into the historic property. 

We especially loved his current presentation, which included a frozen rose installation, a gigantic faceted polar bear, and impactful floral displays in rich red hues. 

Melting our hearts

Parisians have it down when it comes to first impressions, and the Four Seasons Hotel George V did not disappoint. The striking red roses were a bold focal point upon entry into the hotel lobby. With lush bouquets of red roses in dramatic black vessels, the sight was breathtaking against a sea of ornate moulding. A few steps away, we were instantly in awe of two huge chillers over 10 feet high, with roses frozen within massive blocks of ice. A pretty cool tongue-and-cheek installation given the Valentine's holiday. 

Don't feed the animals

The last thing one would expect in a 1928 landmark is a towering polar bear playfully sitting in their courtyard. With its mirrored surface and faceted construction, the piece was a beautiful work of art. We loved Jeff's previous animal creations, such as his golden reindeers during the holiday season, so we were thrilled to see one of these guys up close.

Flower power

Last but not least, we were treated with two gorgeous floral installations within the interior wings of the hotel. We especially love the symmetry and simplicity of the first collection, in contrast to the lush and dense design of the second collection.

Jeff's playful and artistic pieces are definitely incredible to see on social media, but even more amazing to experience it in person. To Jeff and the Four Seasons, MERCI BEAUCOUP for the inspiration!

Passion in Paradise

Tropical floral wall backdrop for the Honolulu Cookie Company's valentine's event.

Tropical floral wall backdrop for the Honolulu Cookie Company's valentine's event.

Nothing says paradise like a lush collection of tropical foliage and florals. Add in delicious premium shortbread cookies and a bit of aloha and you've got the perfect combination.

This past weekend we had the opportunity to collaborate with one of Hawaii's beloved brands, the Honolulu Cookie Company, and artist Janet Tran of the University of Hawaii's art department to celebrate the launch of this year's Valentine cookie collection through an interactive photo experience.

Held at the Waikiki Beach Walk, guests were invited to sample delicious heart-shaped cookies, receive a complimentary box of hand-dipped chocolate cookies, and take a valentine's portrait in front of a tropical floral wall designed by Janet. Moreover, we especially loved the support provided by this event--for every photo taken, the Honolulu Cookie Company donated $10 to the University of Hawaii's scholarship fund to support art education (how awesome!)

Floral wall sketch by UH Designer, Janet Tran

Floral wall sketch by UH Designer, Janet Tran

Custom-designed dimensional signage in the shape of a heart.

Custom-designed dimensional signage in the shape of a heart.

From Left: Julie Plant (Honolulu Cookie Company), Janet Tran (Designer), Herman Tam (Honolulu Cookie Company), and Abner Aquino (CURATE decor + design)

From Left: Julie Plant (Honolulu Cookie Company), Janet Tran (Designer), Herman Tam (Honolulu Cookie Company), and Abner Aquino (CURATE decor + design)

Design is a fluid process, and it was fun collaborating with the Honolulu Cookie Company and Janet to help bring her concept to life. With an overall design in hand, we sourced, fabricated, project managed, and installed an 8x8 tropical backdrop. Using our Boxwood backdrop as a base, we incorporated a lush collection of anthuriums, hanging heliconias, xanadu leaves, lauae ferns, and monstera to create a tropical floral wall. We then helped design a dimensional logo in the shape of a heart to tie in the valentine's theme and promote their product. The wall was branded on both sides with a hanging heart on the reverse side to allow passersby to view the wall from the main road.

Hanging Heliconia adorning the wall.

Hanging Heliconia adorning the wall.

8'x8' Boxwood backdrop used as the foundation for the floral wall.

8'x8' Boxwood backdrop used as the foundation for the floral wall.

Beautiful anthuriums were individually applied onto the floral backdrop.

Beautiful anthuriums were individually applied onto the floral backdrop.

Final detailing of the floral wall and dimensional signage.

Final detailing of the floral wall and dimensional signage.

Happy valentine's day and we hope you get an opportunity to try these delicious shortbread cookies and get a taste of passion in paradise.

CREDITS:

  • Designer: Janet Tran
  • Public Relations / Coordination: Harris Agency
  • Photo Booth Photographer: David Murphey
  • Venue: Waikiki Beach Walk

 

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