Name: Sarah Brysk Cohen
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Company: Blossom & Branch
What is your aesthetic? We create modern, structured floral designs with lots of texture and color. We aim to surprise and delight our clients with special touches – everything we do is custom. We will use vintage brooches, paper mache birds or unusual flower combinations in our work. We are thrilled when people say “I have never seen that done before with flowers!” We find that brides and other clients who are themselves creative people tend to be attracted to our work – artists and designers, especially.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I am compelled to incorporate fabulous color into everything – from colored paper clips, pens and ribbon, to bright containers for floral arrangements, to the picture on my iMac desktop wallpaper! And I am a bit of a collector, so you will find bins and trays of cards, trinkets and knick-knacks around the studio that I save because I think “I will use this someday in a floral arrangement or on a tablescape.”
Favorite part of your studio? The open space and enormous windows. We are blessed with a nice amount of room and year-round streaming light, as our studio is in a converted loft that was a turn-of-the-century underwear factory! Apart from the desk and granite island, everything from our Parsons work table to our files are mobile, so we can configure the space in any way that suits the particular event on which we are working. When the space is filled with flowers it is truly magical in here.
Where do you go for inspiration? With floral design, inspiration is easy – we are inspired by seasonal flowers! My favorite time for the flowers is definitely spring – we love to use fluffy blooms like peonies, lilac, garden roses and anything else fragrant. I also take cues from fashion, interior design magazines, the Brooklyn Flea market…anywhere I can be exposed to color and pattern inspires me to create new and unique combinations with flowers.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I am so grateful for our Honda Pilot that I have named her – Frannie. She holds a miraculous amount of flowers and gear. Some mornings at the market I am absolutely certain I have bought too many flowers to fit in one trip and somehow it always works.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? My upgrade fantasies involve refrigeration – a massive walk-in floral cooler and a refrigerated truck. Lately when I am out and about in the city, I fixate on the giant trucks I see and wonder how hard they would be to drive and whether or not they could be refrigerated for our flowers!
Anything else we should know? We adore being a boutique floral design studio – this gives us the flexibility to do flowers for intimate gatherings or grand affairs and provide incredibly personalized service. We love it when a bride or a client comes to us and says something like “Please create flower arrangements inspired by vintage candy…” (which we recently did!). A light switches on and the creativity just flows.
[images from Blossom & Branch]
Can these girls BE any cuter?? And their space is to DIE for!!
Name: Juliet Totten + Sierra Yaun
Location: Upper West Side
Company: poppies & posies
What is your aesthetic? I’d say our aesthetic is country garden meets fabulous vintage shop. We love bold, bright flowers and found objects, and what happens when you put the two together!
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We’re surrounded by vintage vases, antiques, and found objects that we use in many of our designs and they certainly keep us inspired! Also, the more permanent parts of our studio, like our old farmhouse table (now desk) and old industrial toolbox, reflect our belief that beauty can be found and realized in unexpected places.
Favorite part of your studio? The big shuttered windows let lots of light pour into the space which makes for a pretty great place to work!
Where do you go for inspiration? Our antiquing trips outside of the city really inspire us. It’s really fun to find little treasures and use them in our designs. We recently found a vintage hat box that said “park ave nyc” on it. We bought it and filled it with flowers for an event. Also, any place with fresh flowers and produce. We’ve definitely been known to go to the farmers market and come back with huge amounts of herbs and vegetables… excited to turn them into some fabulous centerpiece or bouquet.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Clippers… Juliet is especially attached to her clippers and really hates leaving the house without them… this is especially awkward at black tie events
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Sometimes we daydream about our future retail shop. We’ve already designed the whole space in our heads.
Anything else we should know? We really love when we get the chance to work on the overall design of a wedding. It is so exciting to help our clients take their personal sense of style and turn it into an environment that reflects them as a couple. We also love getting to handcraft all of the tiny details… we’re mad for the crafty stuff!
[images from Oh Darling! Photography]
Name: Alicia Schwede
Location: Denver, Colorado
Company: Bella Fiori – Floral & Event Design
What is your aesthetic? Colorful, eclectic, cozy
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? When we first moved into the new studio I was going for a clean lined, modern feel. During the past year I’ve fallen in love with antiquing (yes, just in the past year) and am really enjoying the vintage romance look we are seeing in weddings & everyday designs. Slowly this vintage romance look is making its way into my studio – first the chandelier appeared then the softer linens and milk glass, well, milk glass seems to be taking over!
Favorite part of your studio? Every little inch of it. We were in a much smaller space until August 2008, that’s when we doubled the size of the studio. I walk around here and just feel happy. I now have my own office & a designated meeting space. We have comfy chairs in the second office, perfect for kicking back and reading magazines or chatting on the phone. I also love the design room, it’s large and has shelves full of containers & props.
Where do you go for inspiration? Ohhh.. I find inspiration in lots of places. In Denver I like to visit the antique stores. In Denver we have a street lined with antique shops, on a sunny day there is nothing better than walking from store to store to see what trinkets they have. Also, walking through the neighborhoods and seeing the gardens in full bloom – love those! My family and friends live in California so I spend a lot of time out there. I always feel inspired when I’m home, the gardens are in bloom year round. Plus,
each time I’m in SF I visit the SF Flower Market where I can find new and unique containers.
I travel as much as I can, being in London or Buenos Aires or Shanghai – all these places provide major inspiration – I visit as many flower shops as possible and the flower markets ~ amazing! I had the opportunity to study with Paula Pryke the last time I was in London, she’s an amazing floral designer.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? iPhone – for tweeting while in line at stores. Garmin – for deliveries of flowers though-out Denver. My shiny new Mac computer.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I’d love a larger walk in floral cooler & perhaps another Mac computer.
Anything else we should know? I really and truly adore flowers and the art of floral design. I can’t imagine a life with out flowers.
[images from Bella Fiori]
Name: Nancy Liu Chin
Location: San Francisco
Company: Nancy Liu Chin Designs
What is your aesthetic?
Great questions. Modern. American. Classic. And Pretty. I am to be the Ralph Lauren of Weddings!
It’s a 2 story commercial workspace with a bottom workroom that has high ceiling. My office is on the top floor.
Our studio is very simply designed using all light blonde wood. Everything is very clean, tailored, and simple. Colors of cream, tan, brown are the dominant. Every year I change the accent color. It’s been a light/sky blue for a while now. Magazine boxes in happy green. Kolo boxes in dark chocolate. Pillows in suede mocha brown. We show off our portfolio using a slideshow presentation on our Sony 42 inch color tv screen. Everything is clean. On one wall we have some shelves and 3 large oversized floral images framed in thick White wooden frames. That’s my studio.
If you are wondering, our space in Potrero Hill, our logo, station products reflect my casual, fun. unpretentious personality.
My desk! I combined two simple rectangular desks together so they are back to back. It creates a really nice work space. Also, when my assistant is working, we love chatting face to face. Love it.
Where do you go for inspiration?
I love to shop and window shop. I often get inspiration from walking around Hayes valley with their ecletic, urban mix of shops and eateries.
Going to restaurants and hotels is a huge source of inspiration as I often design for large spaces. I love the decor at hotels like St. Regis, Clift, and Solage in Calistoga. There are so many wonderful restaurants in the world. A few in SF that sparkle my imagination include Michael Minna’s restaurant in the Westin St. Francis. The beautiful new Out the Door in Fillmore is lovely and urban. There’s a Supperclub in SF and the decor is very provocative. That’s appealing to my senses.
Believe it or not, movies and pop culture gives me inspiration. The Twilight mania is just one example of how pop culture/movies inspires. Though I haven’t done a “vamp/goth” wedding, it does inspire me.
This sounds so crazy but I love food, candy, pastries. Going into Miette’s candy shop is eye candy for the senses. I love how food is displayed like at Bi Rite. And when you see a plate of food from Cyrus, it’s art. How can I not be inspired by these things.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?
IPHONE – so that I can twitter, fb, and read emails while I wait for my ice tea.
EXCEL – to help me with large buys
Crowning Glory – for flowers
Manila Folders – they keep me organized
Fandeck – it is a deck of cards that shows almost all the flowers from a to z. It’s my secret tool when brides can’t figure out what flowers they like.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to?
We are getting new computers next year…at least I hope. We are currently trying to phase out of pc’s.
Anything else we should know?
I think that’s a whole lot!
[images from Nancy Liu Chin Designs]
Who knew such loveliness was coming from the Brooklyn Navy Yards? Check out the rest of Blossom & Branch‘s work on their newly revamped website…
And don’t forget, for those of you doing the card swap, cards need to be mailed by Tuesday, Dec. 15. If you haven’t included a recipe with your card, you can email me with it and I’ll be putting together a pdf to send to all participants with the recipes!
[images from Blossom & Branch]