You may have heard of it already, the trend is meta-bouquets. As an extension of the vogue for green plants that has revived the ficus of our grandmothers and rubbers long confined to offices and waiting rooms, meta-bouquets explore the art a retro touch of composing with flowers.
Between sculpture and floral composition, the meta-bouquet seeks to create a dynamic form, which is not only pretty but has a strong impact. Often imposing, never banal, the meta-bouquets are essential in the center of table, on a piece of furniture or a console, such works of art.
They have been updated by Marisa Competello, New York’s “flower artist” that the world of fashion is ripping off. A stylist by training, she is now at the head of the Metaflora workshop, which creates bouquets with proportions and staggered colors.
If his audacious compositions are perfect in pointy showrooms, do not believe them reserved for artistic and urban environments.Because this taste for bouquets-objects, parallel to the trend of country bouquets quite the opposite in terms of aesthetics and concept, is gaining the stalls of florists and the pages of decorating magazines. In less radical version probably, softened by a search for visual harmony more than conceptual, but nevertheless there.
Flowers that lend themselves to the game of meta-bouquet
Exotic flowers such as birds of paradise are particularly suitable for creating high and sculptural compositions, but other varieties more common to long stems and flowers. original shapes can lend themselves to the game. This is the case of arums, garlic flowers, gladioli, anthuriums but also amaranths or delphiniums whose clumps bring a great thickness to the bouquet.The flowers look strange as orchids are perfect too, as well as the flowers a little special as proteas or craspedia, this amazing little yellow pompon without leaves that allows a thousand associations and staged!
On the foliage side, the meta-bunches also focus on the dramatic side with long stems and leaves with large proportions. Far from being there only as base or stooge flowers, the foliage is growing and sometimes stealing the show with colorful petals. Thus palm leaves or monstera are often used, as well as the exuberant pampas and tortuous willow branches.
The taste of kitsch
Forget the delicate associations, meta-bouquets are not afraid of excess or kitsch! Subtle blend of ikebana, taste of the 80s and contemporary brutalism, they mix graphic and geometric references to daring material effects.Asymmetrical and spectacular, they move away from the idea of ??plants: plants are considered here as materials, for their amazing color or their material, preferably shiny with the appearance of plastic or on the contrary aerial and fluffy.
Another concession to kitsch, and the antipodes of the minimalist Scandinavian trend, the use of imposing vases and seers. They participate in the composition with their architectural volumes. Faceted, gilded, copper, geometric, raw concrete, folkloric or playing on primary colors, they accentuate the impact of the bouquet and anchor their often slender or fan shape.
The most daring add peacock feathers, the ultimate vintage concession to the 60’s, or cut monster leaves and anthurium flowers with scissors in geometric shapes. Not shrinking from any floral sacrilege, Marisa Competello even likes to spend her most beautiful creations with the golden paint spray, black or blue Klein!
Creating a meta-bouquet at home is easy
Do you want to experiment with the art of meta-bouquet? Nothing’s easier ! Choose some spectacular flowers such as craspedia, anthurium or birds of paradise. Install them in a tall vase and preferably not harmless. Finally flesh with palm leaves or bushy foliage.
Do not try to “fill” the vase or balance the bouquet. It does not matter if it is asymmetrical, on the contrary. Finally have fun and do not be afraid of bad taste, improbable color combinations, hazardous compositions … Take on the strong contrasts of color or texture, your bouquet must surprise! You can also play the monochromatic card or opt for a two-tone composition that will be the most beautiful effect in a well geometric vase.
You dare not spend your beautiful flowers to spray paint? Content yourself with gold accents and metallic or give depth to the bouquet painting some elements, a few leaves of monstera or palm for example, although matte black.