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Credits: Photography: Michael Paul. Fresco by Idarica Gazzoni, Milano

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Comeback of the lovely iconic bonsai. As a new role model of feminine elegance, she looks like a delicate dancer who bends and bows her body into all sorts of elegant angels, forms and shapes________.

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Credit: Photography: Annie van Noortwijk, Assistent: Audrius Kriauciunas, Artdirection: Marije Seijn, Model: Laura by The movement models, Make-up: Laura Yard. Photography interior: Stephan Julliard. Painting: Source unknown.

Bonsai desire heaps of attention and tenderness. Whilst tending a bonsai one lives exclusively in the now, it’s not something you do ‘on the side’. Each shrub has to be miniaturized by years and years of careful pruning and tying of branches. Bonsai is not a species of tree but an art form that reflects the connectedness of life and respect for the beauty of nature. It literally means ‘plant in a pot’, but it’s so much more...

Meaningful shapes

The iconic blooming bonsai is a proud role model of feminine elegance. She looks like a delicate dancer who bends and bows her body into all sorts of elegant angels, forms and shapes. Her shape is nothing but random. She gives her caretaker a lot of supporting love and energy in return. It’s as meaningful as its existence. Different shapes communicate different meanings: ‘formal upright’ means tranquil and strong; ‘informal upright’ – a curved trunk – stands for steadiness through change; ‘slanting’ – an angled trunk – indicates you remain stable under stress; ‘semi-cascade’ – a trunk that bends horizontally – says you’re staying strong in a time of hardship and ‘cascade’ – trunk curving down, with branches below the container - means you’ll change through challenges. So, by the growth of your bonsai you can tell what you are going through right now...

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Credit: Photography: Annie van Noortwijk, Assistent: Audrius Kriauciunas, Art-direction: Marije Seijn, Model: Laura van The movement models, Make-up: Laura Yard. Photography interior: Ferm Living. Bonsai: @tonilgbonsaika.

“THE BONSAI IS NOT YOU WORKING ON THE TREE; YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE TREE WORK ON YOU_______” — JOHN NAKA

Perfect harmony

These lovely tiny trees - displayed in ceramic containers their dedicated caretakers choose especially for them - are believed to bring good luck and harmony. They say that if you receive bonsai tree as a gift rather than buying it yourself, fortune will doubly smile at you. Maintaining a bonsai however demands strict dedication and a lot of patience. It’s a very delicate job, a unique combination of botanical and aesthetic skills. It can take fifteen years to grow a full-grown bonsai. This also makes these miniature plants a perfect gifting item for busy people who like to slow down a bit in daily life. Taking care of your personal bonsai gives you a sense of meaningfulness, ease and flow. Every morning, whilst looking after your little magical plant, you can award yourself with some time to breath and take in the mesmerizing looks and positive vibes of this tiny natural beauty.

Credit: Videography: Annie van Noortwijk, Assistent: Audrius Kriauciunas, Art-direction: Marije Seijn, Model: Laura from The movement models, Make-up: Laura Yard. Special thanks to: http://www.mmgarden.nl & Jiamei Garden Europe BV.

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#Bonsailife

Although the bonsai vanished from the interior trends back in the late eighties, she’s now ready for an impressive comeback. Keeping a bonsai in a decorative pot is a perfect way to beautify and update your interior. This season things are extremely big or – like the bonsai - extremely tiny. And you only need to check Instagram to find there’s a whole worldwide community of young dedicated bonsai lovers who love to place their beloved bonsai on a pedestal. Even bestselling interior decorator Sibella Court said recently that she’s inspired by the little bonsai. Especially the wow factor-Bonsai Japonica Callicarpa, with her tiny and very trendy venom purple berries, is an awe-striking eyecatcher. Placed in front of a beautiful 2019 proof terracotta, olive green, burned ocre or shady purple wall she’ll leave her spectators speechless________.

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