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.

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