Workshop with Iittala & The Flower Appreciation Society
Posted on January 01 2018
In celebration of the launch of Iittala's latest Alvar Aalto collection vases, the brand invited guests along to take part in a floral workshop with the Flower Appreciation Society.
Flowers transform our homes. They are a simple way to inject colour and style into a room and an easy way to transform a space, connecting it with nature and the changing seasons. Whilst many of us strive for the perfect floral arrangement, quite often, the vase will be an afterthought, limiting the impact that the display can have as a collective.
Celebrating the launch of Iittala's latest Alvar Aalto collection vases, the brand invited a selection of guests to North London to take part in a floral workshop by the Flower Appreciation society where they would teach us just how important the vase is to a floral display.
What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, today is an internationally recognised brand that has provided us with dramatic forms and constantly evolving design classics. From the Aino Aalto designs of 1932 to the Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec collection in 2015, there is a timeless beauty and a product that can be taken into a home and made its own. Expanding the Alvar Aalto collection dating back to 1936, Iittala introduces the 220mm and 75mm variations of glass designs as well as the rose gold coated bowls and platters, available in four size variations.
Each item from the collection has such a unique character and form that they can very easily stand as a singular piece but look incredible when paired with varying sizes to create a feature. With such intriguing shapes, sizes and colours it was down to the Flower Appreciation Society to teach us how to make the most from the vases.
During the workshop, we were taught of the importance that the vase has to the floral display and it was imperative to keep this in mind when arranging the flowers. As a guide, the flowers and foliage were to stand two-thirds higher than the vase and that the size and height of the vase can help dictate which flowers should be used; one style of flower with large chunky stems can look perfect in wider vases whilst slender stems and multicoloured flowers could be the perfect choice for a tall design. Whilst the style of the display is down to that individual person, it is always worth working with these size and height rules to make sure a vase is utilised every time.
Using warming Autumnal tones, dried grasses and large foliage leaves, every display looked entirely different to the next. It was great to see the impact that the colour of the vase had on the display and how this had guided each member of the workshop to select particular blooms. With my home in mind, I selected the only translucent vase from the collection. I wanted my flowers to contrast with the base, selecting darker blooms and taller grasses to create hopefully what was an eye-catching design. Placing the display on my dark furniture at home allowed both the vase and flowers to stand out in their own beautiful way. The workshop was such a thrill to take part in and I am extremely thankful to Iittala and The Flower Appreciation Society for allowing me this opportunity.
For further information on the latest collections of designs from Iittala, click to view the official website. For details on the Flower Appreciation Society and the latest opportunities to attend a workshop, click to view the official website via the link.