Heav­ens Above

We’re look­ing up to Loose Leaf De­sign Stu­dio’s up­lift­ing botan­i­cal sculp­tures.

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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_

To mark H&G’s 70th an­niver­sary year, we’ve asked lead­ing florists to cre­ate spe­cial pieces for ev­ery is­sue in 2018. Check out the flo­ral artistry each month.

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