I‘ve had a very busy week, including a factory visit at Farrow & Ball, the book launch of a friend, a busy day of styling at Sissy-Boy Ghent and a flower and food workshop at Iittala. It’s been a long time since I had such an inspiring week: meeting new people, fun with old friends, seeing new things and having the funniest encounters with strangers. I always joke that I love animals more than I love people, but this week the people really took center stage.
Anyway, I have so much to share from this week, so I’d thought I’d zoom in on the beautiful flower workshop we had at Iittala with Karin from Baltimore and share 5 tips she gave us to get the most out of your flowers.
The starting point of the workshop was the 80th birthday of Alvar Aalto’s Aalto Vase, a design icon that comes in various sizes but is not the easiest vase to use when you come home with a bouquet. Karin told us a lot of their customers come into the shop with the vase because they are not sure what to do with it. She explained that in the case of the Aalto Vase, you should always let the vase be your starting point, because it has such a peculiar shape. The piece is at its best when it contains just a few well chosen flowers, rather than a full bouquet. When starting your arrangement, you start with your greens, then your bigger flowers, then the smaller ones. And in the case of the Aalto vase, you can use stems in your vase to guide the other flowers.
Here are 5 tips that will make any bouquet last longer:
- Cut your flowers at an angle. This way the flowers can soak up more water and the ends of the stems don’t get blocked by the bottom. For optimal results, cut your flowers every few days so the ends stay open.
- Use a sharp knife in stead of sheers so the stems don’t get squished and flattened.
- A drop of bleach works just as well or even better as flower food. Sounds weird, but I’m going to give it a try!
- Most flowers need 3/4 vase lukewarm water (room temperature) but bulb flowers like hyacinths and tulips need cold water, and only a little.
- Make sure there are no leaves in the water, they contaminate your
I ended up styling my new Aalto Vase with an arangement using only snowberries and dahlias and I absolutely love it. Can’t wait to try some other things with this vase! Thank you Iittala for the lovely workshop and delicious lunch provided by Raw food chef Julie!