In the introduction to his recently released book, Styling Nature, published by Rizzoli, florist Lewis Miller asks a question: “A skillfull, painterly hand brings disparate elements together, manipulates them for a moment in time, and captures the natural beauty of these living, vibrant things—and the result is authentic and timeless. So how do we achieve this alchemy with flowers and floral arrangements?” The answer lies not only in his guidebook-like text of the following five chapters titled “Color,” “Composition,” “Movement,” “Shape,” and “Texture,” but also in the stunning images of his work, captured by the photographer Don Freeman. The pages are intended to show the natural parallels between art and arranging, like Miller’s likening of black flowers to Hugo Guinness’s ink lines and Kara Walker’s silhouettes. He also discusses the Hogarth curve, a shape strategy borrowed from the 18th-century English artist William Hogarth.
Above, a look inside Styling Nature through six of the book’s most inspiring and breathtaking floral designs.
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