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Sensational Bouquets by Christian Tortu: Arrangements by a Master Floral Designer
     

Sensational Bouquets by Christian Tortu: Arrangements by a Master Floral Designer

by Corine Delahaye, Sylvai Thomas (Photographer), Corine Delahaye, Sylvain Thomas (Photographer), Sylvain Thomas (Photographer)
 
Christian Tortu's floral arrangements do not sit passively on tables waiting to be admired. With operatic flair, they celebrate the drama of birth, death -- and everything in between -- with equal enthusiasm. Tortu's floral arrangements reflect his admiration for each stage of a plant's life -- the newborn bud, the proud blossom, and the wilting flower, which

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Christian Tortu's floral arrangements do not sit passively on tables waiting to be admired. With operatic flair, they celebrate the drama of birth, death -- and everything in between -- with equal enthusiasm. Tortu's floral arrangements reflect his admiration for each stage of a plant's life -- the newborn bud, the proud blossom, and the wilting flower, which germinates to start nature's cycle again. Life virtually bursts forth from his dynamic arrangements.

Sensational Bouquets by Christian Tortu beautifully documents how Tortu bends the rules of traditional flower arranging to design exciting and throroughly contemporary bouquets. His strong opinions and design sensibilities are gathered in this volume like an illustrated manifesto, featuring stunning arrangments of unexpected plants in wicked combinations that are not for the faint of heart. Exploiting the enormous dramatic potential in floral design, he encourages readers to look at flowers with an open mind. Calling upon his childhood memories of a country landscape, Tortu looks to nature for its visual diversity. In his hands, every plant is worthy of a bouquet. From green tomatoes to tea grass to water lilies, Tortu's bold combinations surprise and delight with their spontaneous elegance.

Tortu, who has designed flowers for the great fashion houses of Dior and Chanel, as well as for the Cannes Film Festival, has dazzled followers the world over with this ability to create novel compositions that show off the shapes, colors, textures, and singular beauty of individual flowers and plants to their ultimate advantage. This lavishly illustrated volume is a feast for all flora lovers.

About the authors
Christian Tortu was born into a family of market gardeners and developed a passion for plants early in life. He has revolutionized floral design by introducing elements of raw nature into his arrangements. Internationally famous, he has opened shops in major cities around the world and he designs backdrops for fashion shows, as well as for the Cannes Film Festival.

Sylvain Thomas is a photographer of design and decor who works for the French periodical Résidences Décoration. His love of plants and flowers makes him the perfect photographer for Christian Tortu's designs.

Corine Delahaye is an editor, writer, and communications consultant. Sensational Bouquets, on the personal and creative development of Christian Tortu, is her first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810957312
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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