Add a touch of na­ture to your Christ­mas with Hong Kong florist The Spring Is Here


讓The Spring Is Here的花藝為聖誕添上大自然氣息

They say it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gift-giv­ing. For any hol­i­day en­thu­si­ast, though, what could be more en­chant­ing than pack­ag­ing as del­i­cate as the sur­prises wrapped within? Cherie Yip, the founder of Hong Kong-based flo­ral stu­dio The Spring Is Here, ex­per­i­ments with her flair for na­ture through gnarly, tex­tured branches and fo­liage in a bevy of gift boxes and bags, in­ject­ing a breath of fresh air into oth­er­wise pre­dictable wrap­ping ideas. 人常道,送禮在乎心意。對喜慶過節愛好者來說,有甚麼能比收到一份包裝得美輪美奐的禮物更驚喜雀躍?香港花藝工作室The Spring Is Here創辦人Cherie Yip運用天賦才華與審美能力,手到拿來地將花卉與禮品渾然一體,展現教人意想不到的清新意念。

“I was still work­ing as a de­signer when I first es­tab­lished The Spring Is Here, but the busi­ness ex­panded so quickly that I wasn’t able to keep up with both sides any­more,” says Cherie. “And that’s when I de­cided to whole­heart­edly dive into the world of flow­ers and plants.” While her ca­reer has taken a new turn, she con­fesses that fash­ion, art and de­sign con­tinue to serve as prom­i­nent sources of in­spi­ra­tion. “The golden ra­tio in lay­out de­sign, colour the­ory, com­bi­na­tions of ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures – these mat­ter,” she says. “We strive to recre­ate the bio­di­ver­sity and the in­ter-re­la­tions com­monly found in na­ture by shat­ter­ing stereo­types with un­ex­pected com­bi­na­tions.”

「當年創立The Spring Is Here時,我還是一位在職設計師,隨著業務發展迅速,實在無暇分身兼顧兩職。」Cherie回憶說:「最後決定全心全意投身漂亮的花草世界中。」事業揭開新一頁,但Cherie仍謙虛表示,時裝、藝術和設計一直是她最主要的靈感來源。「平面設計的黃金比例和色彩運用,還有物料和質感的結合也非常重要。我們致力重塑大自然中常見的生物多樣性和互相依存的特色,以獨特組合打破刻板理念。」

Cherie blends these prin­ci­ples in a se­ries of botan­i­cal fes­tive gift-wraps, ex­clu­sively for Home Jour­nal, in her Kwai Chung stu­dio. “The Prince Ed­ward flower mar­ket is al­ways my go-to place for sourc­ing, as they can or­der any sea­sonal plants from over­seas,” she says. “I also en­joy col­lect­ing rare species of dried and pre­served flow­ers while I travel. You can eas­ily pur­chase fes­tive flora there start­ing from Oc­to­ber – pop­u­lar choices in­clude no­ble fir, rose­hip, cy­press, pine and eu­ca­lyp­tus. I would sug­gest you select ev­er­green species that con­tain more oil and en­joy a longer lifes­pan, and make sure there are no in­fected black spots on the leaves. When you put to­gether the presents, it’s all about sim­plic­ity and tex­tures.” Cherie ad­vises that you can ca­su­ally com­ple­ment a sprig or stem with kraft pa­per, vel­vet rib­bon, cot­ton and hemp rope. She sums it up thus: “Let the de­tails shine!” //


WON­DER­FUL AS­SORT­MENT Go min­i­mal and give warmth to your space with con­tem­po­rary wreaths made with or­ganic el­e­ments. For first-timers, Cherie sug­gests dec­o­rat­ing with cin­na­mon sticks or dried orange slices. 細膩配搭 以天然元素組成的花環為室內空間注入濃濃暖意,Cherie 建議首次製作的人士簡單加上玉桂枝或橙乾裝飾即可。

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