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Lovers of design, sculpture, and gardening will all find inspiration in the gorgeously photographed Sensational Bouquets. This stunning volume showcases the talents of floral designer Christian Tortu, who has created arrangements for major fashion houses such as Chanel and Dior. Tortu's use of unusual flowers, fruits, and vases, along with his revolutionary approach to color and form, has earned him an international following.
Sensational Bouquets is divided into several thematic sections, each illustrating various elements of Tortu's creative vision. The section entitled "Genesis" showcases Tortu's flair for combining flowers in all stages of development -- delicate buds, rich, mature blossoms, and even flowers that have withered and died -- into a unified, glorious arrangement that symbolizes the eternal cycle of the plant world. In the section "Revolution," Tortu's mastery for innovative form is highlighted. Some of these designs feature blossoms floating in trays of water, while in other arrangements hundreds of tiny flowers are packed into a single vase. Other photographs display Tortu's unusual monochromatic arrangements, including a series of all-green designs -- representing the ultimate homage to nature -- and a gorgeous, if somewhat surprising, all-black design.
Sensational Bouquets is an excellent introduction to Tortu, an artist who seeks to encompass the entirety of nature in his designs. By willingly subverting the traditional color palettes and flower combinations, throwing in wild exotic plants, fruit, and weeds, Tortu has truly set himself apart as a designer who fuses the sculptural and the floral. (Julie Carr)