Alternative flower delivery services for joyful gifting
Unconventional flowers and fabulous floral delivery services from Tokyo to LA. Blooming marvelous.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a bouquet of flowers. Unless, of course, you’ve chosen an arrangement that in no way suits its recipients taste or style. To help prevent any flower faux pas, we we’ve scoured the world to find the most innovative florists offering door-to-door delivery of everything from multi-coloured extravaganzas to classic red roses.
Flowers may fade, but these outlandish bouquets will hold a permanent place in your memory.
Brrch’s creations look like the sumptuous bouquets of the 17th-century Dutch masters if they were rendered in highlighters rather than oil paints. New York born but currently LA based, Brrch arrangements are so exuberant in their execution that they almost verge on the vulgar, making them unforgettable, and ultimately delightful, visual treats.
Wife is the brainchild of Sophie Parker who, with a background in painting, applies her brush to leaves and flowers to create botanicals that are truly works of art. Through the website of New York-based jewellery brand, Mociun, Parker is now offering one-of-a-kind hand-painted anthurium stems, ideal for those who want something more interesting than the typical bouquet.
Like Wife, Meta Flora places emphasis on the form of individual flowers to create arrangements that are offbeat but still, somehow, beautifully cohesive. The florist for Dimes restaurant – a pre-Covid-19 watering hole for Manhattan’s creative set – Meta Flora has secured its place as one of the city’s edgiest botanical suppliers.
Brooklyn-based FDK Florals is the exuberant creation of Fernando Kabigting. Previously a handbag designer at Calvin Klein, Kabigting created FDK Florals as a one-stop-shop for inventive, yet elegant, floral designs. Arrangements can be ordered individually or through a weekly-subscription service on FDK’s website.
Calma is a Miami-based floral studio that creates buoyant bouquets infused with a tropical flavour. All of Calma’s arrangements are created from what is fresh at the market that morning, making each of them a joyful surprise for whoever is lucky enough to receive them.
Flores La Fe
Flores La Fe produces bouquets that embody the vibrancy of its native Mexico City. The creation of designer Carla Valdivia and her collaborator Roberto Sanchez, Flores La Fe’s riotous combinations of technicolor flowers can be ordered via direct email.
Mark Colle makes some pretty fashionable flowers. The Antwerp-based florist has collaborated with Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, and, most notably, Raf Simons with whom he worked on the iconic floral walls of the Dior 2012 couture show.
Colle’s singular eye for florals is on display year-round at his shop Baltimore Bloemen. Located steps away from Rubens House, Baltimore Bloemen is itself a work of art, with a tightly-packed array of rare flowers and plants on display and available for custom arrangement in the shop.
London-based florist Fjura creates ikebana-esque compositions with richly petaled flowers–roses, peonies, wisteria–that add a touch of English romanticism to their stripped-down structure. Having collaborated with Gucci, Hermes, and Chanel, Fjura has won the admiration of fashion’s biggest tastemakers but that doesn’t mean its bouquets are only for a select crowd. Custom made arrangements can be ordered through Fjura’s website for a starting price of £100.
For Palais founder Emma Weaver, every bouquet is its own playful experiment. ‘We love questioning the conventional idea of a flower’s natural form,’ she says ’turning them inside out and often quite literally, upside down.’
The brightly coloured arrangements are innovative in composition and often unexpected materials, including chains, lights, and fabrics. The Shoreditch-based studio has collaborated with Hermès, Burberry, and even Wallpaper*, but also offers individual bouquets for purchase on its website.
South London’s Sage was founded by friends Iona Mathieson and Romy St. Clair as a innovative alternative to the typical flower shop. The pair take their inspiration from a wide array of sources, looking to architecture, furniture design, graphic posters, and more to influence the colours, forms, and textures of their singular arrangements.
Within the mere three years, Sage has garnered a exalted status among floral studios and has landed campaigns with Gucci and Paul Smith. For Mathieson and St. Clair, it’s intrinsic that they use that platform as a means to encourage diversity within the industry. The pair identify themselves as ‘advocates for young female entrepreneurship, diversifying and decolonising floristry and sustainability.’ To that end, they recently launched FutureFlowers, England’s first free training course in floristry for people of non-white ethnicity.
Louis-Géraud Castor worked as an art dealer for 15 years before opening his flower shop in Paris’ Marais neighbourhood. He cites ‘abstraction’ and ‘brutalism’ as artistic styles of particular importance to him, and their influence is clear in his floral compositions which tend to pair painterly blooms with weighty stone vases for a striking juxtaposition.
Fioraio Bianchi Caffè
Fine food and fine flowers are on the menu at the Fioraio Bianchi Caffè. Located in the Brera design district for over 40 years, Fioraio Bianchi Caffè has established itself as a reliable spot to quickly pick up an elegant bouquet and, while you’re there, maybe an aperitivo too.
With their bold floral combinations and experimental colours, Lacy Bird’s arrangements look like they’ve been harvested from Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris rather than Earth. Yet while they may look otherworldly, Lacy Bird’s bouquets are ultimately so beguiling that they’re well suited to an earthling’s home. They look good in advertisments too, as evidenced by the store’s recent inclusion in Prada’s Resort 2020 ‘flower kiosk’ themed campaign.
Jardins des Fleurs
Jardins des Fleurs is the Tokyo concept store of acclaimed flower artist Makoto Azuma and photographer Shiinoki Shunsuke. The shop is imagined as ‘flower butchery’ where white-coated employees remove ‘living’ flowers from a fridge in the centre of the store, before cutting and arranging them on steel tabletops.
Azuma’s boundary-pushing vision has resulted in some of the most innovative creations in modern floral design. Past projects include freezing flowers in blocks of ice for a Dries Van Noten show and shooting a 50-year-old bonsai tree into space. While the individual arrangements available at the Jardins des Fleurs shop may not be as experimental, they’re guaranteed to be no less memorable.
McQueen’s operates within the more traditional milieu of flower arranging, eschewing the cacophonous colours and experimental forms of many other contemporary florists in favour of bouquets that celebrate the natural beauty of the flowers themselves. The result is a range of sure-fired crowdpleasers– a bouquet of red roses, a bunch of white anemones– that are all available from McQueen’s Seoul, New York, or original London location.
The horticulture and visual culture of Singapore combine in the floristry of Humid House. Since 2014, the studio has used locally-sourced flowers and foliage to create arrangements that are ‘reflective of the climate, geography and collective culture’ of its native Singapore. As such, the bouquets are brimming with verdant plants and tropical blooms that joyful speak to Singapore’s endless summer.
Melbourne-based botanical artist Hattie Molloy has become a bit of an Instagram phenomenon with her arrangements that are ikebana in style and crayola in colour palette. Although Molloy only offers her floral services for editorials and events, admirers of her work can purchase framed prints, t-shirts, and even mugs adorned with her exuberant bouquets at her online shop.