The Flower Architect
Not your ordinary florist, the flower bellwether Harijanto Setiawan of Boenga took Irene Cyrena to a blossoming whimsical world of his creation
Walking through Harijanto’s elaborate flower installations almost feels like an authentic Narnia experience. Unsuspecting guests open the carved wooden door to be greeted by meticulously landscaped, shimmering floral pavements, blooming centerpieces towering over their heads and intertwined floral arrangements cascading from the ceiling. It certainly is akin to stepping into a wonderland gushing with mesmerizing inflorescence galore. There can be no doubt that such grandeur demands perennial flow of creativity, inspiration and undivided attention to details. Not to mention the eye-popping number of hours required to plan and execute the designs, but Harijanto does it all with magnificent ease. From mesmerizing every single guest in a 10,000 strength party to being the official florist for Prince Albert II of Monaco or the Swiss luxury watch brand Maison Vacheron Constantin, nothing is ever too grand or too much for this world renowned florist. December last year, Harijanto’s chef d’oeuvre became the talk of the town when he turned a bare and idle ballroom into a bustling Turkish Grand Bazaar for Budi Wirawan and Vera Gunawan’s wedding. The newlyweds only had words of praise for the founder of Boenga Pte Ltd. “As a world-class flower decorator who has won many international awards, we noticed Harijanto Setiawan’s passion for floral design and event decorations. He has his own signature, and never fails to deliver unique, out of the box, original design décor.”
Budi and Vera, who wanted an unconventional wedding, were captivated by Harijanto’s artistry the moment he presented his ideas to them. Working with the theme “Mystical Dream”, Boenga elevated the concept of Middle Eastern playground by designing an elegant dome, where the bride and groom will stand and greet the guests. The platform, from which Teddy Palawan orchestra would belt the exotic Turkish-arabian tune, was adorned with antique plates.
For their wedding, Harijanto used lisianthus, wax flowers, viburnum, hedera, roses and matthiola in his intricate flower arrangements to glitz the Grand Ballroom at Hotel Mulia Senayan. Collaborating with Multi Kreasi Enterprise and Maximus photography, Boenga created a genuine “Mystical Dream” experience. They teleported all 2,000 guests to the meandering alleys of the Grand Bazaar, where they could experience authentic Turkish shoe police service, tea testing and spice market. Guests were also entertained by belly dancing and a wide array of Middle Eastern gourmet. Boenga went all out in working on the concept and providing all the important attributes to create an all-rounded Middle Eastern experience.
Budi and Vera are not the only ones raving about Harijanto’s golden touch. The acclaimed florist has bagged many awards for his floral style and flamboyance. He was awarded Silver Gilt Medal at Chelsea Flower Show and International Designer of The Year, London in 2013. Harijanto was also the recipient of Singapore’s President’s Design Award 2013, the first time the award was ever given to a florist. Being extraordinarily fluent in the language of flowers, the President of Floral Designers Society of Singapore is trusted to work as the principal flower consultant for Ritz Carlton Hotel in Krabi, Thailand, Intercontinental Hotel in Danang, Vietnam, St. Regis Singapore, Shi En Ikebana and Western Floral Art of Srilanka. Anything you can dream of, the floral-scape maestro can surely make it come true. Well, that is if you can catch him before he flies thousands of miles away to bring yet another wonderland to life.