#1 Flowers Gathering
A warm cocoon
glass and light
Filtered rays of sun give off a pleasantly warming heat, lively shadows dance over carefully constructed bouquets of freshly cut flowers. They both drift across fragile petals on which the morning dew is still fresh, delicate earthenware, sparkling cutlery and the pleasantly coarse fabric of a simple tablecloth_______________.
“A GATHERING MUST BE AN INCREDIBLE FEAST FOR THE EYES, THE EARS, THE NOSE, THE MOUTH, THE BODY AND THE SOUL_________.”
Flower virtuoso Manuela Sosa knows how to create her own little bit of heaven on earth. A place to enjoy in silence and find yourself, an ideal location for small intimate gatherings, to laugh and eat with much-loved family members and close friends. Like a magical bell jar which stops time for a moment. Step into the warm world of Gang and the wool…
Thirteen thousand followers on Instagram is not bad. How do you manage that?
“As I see it, the beauty of Instagram lies in the stories, the fact that you are seeing the reality of someone else’s life. For me it’s a social network that spreads the love of authenticity. A conscious way of living which you share from day to day. That’s why I use it: to share my life, from a walk with my daughter to a wedding with 350 guests.”
De geur van verse bloemen maakt me blij en een beetje melancholiek. Mijn hart raakt ervan op hol
Who do you like to follow on Instagram?
“The 350 people that I follow include many friends. They come from all corners of the world. I also follow people who really inspire me professionally. Like Louise Ljungberg, with whom I identify in terms of lifestyle and hobbies. Mimi Thorisson also greatly inspires me, with photos of her home in France and her children. It’s amazing that she is working with food all day. Every day I discover new interesting people.”
What exactly do you do?
“I see my studio - a large greenhouse in Vallvidrera, a neighbourhood in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district in the elevated part of Barcelona - as a flower shop which can turn its hand to anything. From organising the event to dressing it. My speciality is organising wedding celebrations. In my opinion a good wedding stimulates all the senses. It needs to be a feast for the eyes, the ears, the nose, the mouth, the body and the soul. It’s about more than just the decoration or choice of chairs, food and flowers, although those are all important elements. Every aspect is considered. Shape, texture, colour, smell, sound … everything contributes to the experience.”
“A GATHERING CAN BRING OUT EMOTIONS IN PEOPLE. I WANT TO AWAKEN THEM SO THEY FEEL ALIVE.
SO THAT FOR THOSE COUPLE OF HOURS THEY FEEL MORE CONNECTED WITH THE WORLD AROUND THEM IN A MAGICAL WAY_______.”
What passion drives you?
“I want to devote myself to something that can fulfil me, that makes me daydream and with which I can create my own philosophy of living. I like exploring where the light falls at all times during the day and where the best places are to enjoy the view. That sort of thing is essential for the decoration and the staging. A wedding and a dinner can bring out emotions in people, and I want to awaken them so they feel alive. So that for those couple of hours they feel more connected with the world around them in a magical way. On special occasions I enjoy opening my doors for a private dinner, a flower workshop or photoshoot. But our speciality is dressing weddings and events.”
Where do you get your inspiration?
“My greatest source of inspiration is without doubt nature. I try to be more conscious of it every day, and pay more attention to its cycles and the sense of boundlessness that it offers us. But I also appreciate other creatives, like the Brussels florist Thierry Boutemy. His work fascinates me.”
Do you have a favourite spring flower?
“Mimosa and the almond tree are my favourites because they announce the arrival of warm weather. I am also fascinated by Helleborus and its colour changes. I find that to be one of the simplest and most elegant flowers of the season, also because it makes bouquets and arrangements very natural.”
What are your favourite flowers?
“I like rocket larkspur, Consolida Ajacis. In all its forms. The colours, the simplicity, the romantic mood that it creates. I’m also very keen on the anemone with its fragility and colours. And the Crown Imperial …”
Cast of flowers
What you think is the perfect way to create a bouquet?
“A good bouquet respects nature and the natural shape of the flower’s stem. Choose flowers and foliage that best suit the spot where the bouquet will be positioned. And you should also choose the right vase in which the bouquet will be placed. But of course you make the very best bouquet by simply choosing the flowers that you find most beautiful.”
What does your average working day look like?
“My day usually starts at 8 o’clock. Breakfast is vital to me. Every morning I enjoy my cappuccino, orange juice and toast with jam. In the summer I breakfast in the garden, listening to the birds. Next I answer my emails and update my social media. Then my working day starts. Usually I start by buying flowers, so that we can make up our weekly order and floral decorations. We supply two hotels, amongst other places. At lunchtime I have appointments with prospective brides. We may visit the their wedding venue together, or we discuss the menu and other details of their event. In the afternoon I prepare presentations, draw up budgets and carry out other preparations for the weddings. In the evening I take my daughter Mia to a swimming pool or a park where we have great fun until dinner time_______.”