We show you how to make a serene, Ikebana-inspired flower arrangement.
Freestyling an Ikebana-inspired arrangement
We were inspired by: Ikebana, meaning “living flowers”, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging, dating back to the 7th century. It takes many years of study to master. Blooms and branches are cut to size based on their relative proportions and then pushed onto the spikes of the floral frog or kenzan, creating an asymmetric triangular arrangement that is light and airy.
To make: We’ve used a simple style called moribana as inspiration for our floral display. Try for a combination of structured delicate branches such as kowhai, cherry blossom or pussy willow with some long-lasting blooms. Starting with the largest or longest piece, gently manipulate the stems into place one at a time, allowing them to naturally fall and lean as they like. Keep in mind the principles of line, form and minimalism as you go, especially if you’re tempted to keep adding. You can leave the floral frog showing or cover it with smaller blooms. Remember to freshly cut the stems before placing, and add water to the dish to help your arrangement last.
The details: Utsuwa (ikebana dish) $20, floral frog $40 and shell from $15 from Greenpoint Studios, greenpoint.co.nz; Flash Circle side table by Tom Dixon $1200 from ECC, ecc.co.nz; Peonies and Old Lace acrylic painting on canvas by Max Thomson $1280 from Tessuti, tessuti.co.nz; Factory III wallpaper pattern number 445886 $115.99 per roll from Aspiring Walls, aspiringwalls.co.nz. Floral arrangement by Georgie Malyon from Greenpoint Studios.