De­but

‘When it comes to flow­ers there are no more rules – if it looks good, do it’

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Jo’burg florist Joshua Mur­ray rewrites the flower rules

You could call my home very Ba­li­nese; there’s lots of wood and light mar­ble that makes for a per­fect mod­ern-meets-nat­u­ral feel,’ says florist Joshua Mur­ray of the Jo’burg home he shares with his part­ner, schalk, and their two bull­dogs, Ben­jamin and oliver. ‘It’s the com­plete op­po­site to how I com­pose my flower ar­range­ments.’ For Joshua, the move into floristry was never a planned one, hav­ing stud­ied visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion (where he honed his eye for form and de­sign). ‘I like my liv­ing space quite min­i­mal but when it comes to my ar­range­ments I re­ally try to push it, play around with dif­fer­ent shapes and styles and achieve some­thing re­ally dra­matic.’ his ap­proach is an en­vi­ron­men­tal one that takes into ac­count the big­ger pic­ture: con­sider the vase you’ll be us­ing, how much light the room gets, the mood of the in­te­rior. need a heady dose of ar­range­ment-re­defin­ing in­spi­ra­tion? Fol­low Joshua’s cue and grab your phone: ‘Be­fore I even pick up a stem I al­ways look at what’s trend­ing around the world on In­sta­gram and Pin­ter­est.’ Th­ese aren’t granny’s flower ar­range­ments – they’re a form of or­ganic art that chal­lenges no­tions of shape, colour and texture. ‘Throw out the rule book,’ de­clares Joshua.

With an ex­per­i­men­tal mind the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of flo­ral de­sign changes, no mat­ter the scale of the project. joshua­mur­ray.co

Al­though he prefers A min­i­mal­ist Ap­proach to the in­te­rior of his own home, joshua mur­ray (right, with ben­jamin) be­lieves more is more in the field of flo­ral de­sign

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