We’re looking up to Loose Leaf Design Studio’s uplifting botanical sculptures.
Have you ever looked to the ceiling when preparing your table for guests? It’s a natural place to begin for Melbourne couple Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler, creators of experimental botanical installations and co-founders of Loose Leaf Design Studio.
Here, they’ve formed a sculptural ‘pendant’ using fresh and dried plant materials hung with steel cable. “This kind of arrangement focuses attention on the table without needing to style the tabletop,” says Charlie.
The use of fresh and dried plants reflects Loose Leaf’s philosophy of “celebrating nature’s beauty in all its phases and forms”. For this display, they’ve combined large pleated leaves of robusta palm with magnolia branches, hoya, banana flowers, aloe, agave, lotus leaves and dried stems of Strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise). “The dried Strelitzia brings intrigue to the piece,” says Wona.
The dynamic duo encourages everyone to experiment and create with nature. “Next time you buy flowers or prune your plants, ask yourself if they have beauty or function beyond their current life,” says Charlie. # looseleafstore.com.au or @looseleaf_
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