#5 Golden issueGolden Treasures

It's all
 golden

Indulge in our exuberant curation of Art Deco objects, flapper muses, ballet bouquets, painterly photographs, and floral fairy tale fashion, all bathed in sparkling gold, luscious plants and beguiling blooms_______.

By Angel Trinidad

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Golden hour

Samuel Zeller’s Botanicals series feature painting-like photographs of lush plants encased in glass greenhouses in the Geneva Botanical Gardens and Conservatory. Making his way home after a hard day of work, he took the train and got off a station before his usual one. Needing some fresh air and time to calm down, he went to the botanical gardens where he was inspired and relaxed by the environment and the unique, golden light going through the greenhouse. The zen moment resulted in the equally refreshing and calming series featuring beautiful plants as if painted by hand________.

samuelzeller.ch

Fairy tale flowers

Kay Nielsen’s (1886-1957) otherworldly fairy tale illustrations feature princes, princesses and magical creatures surrounded by mysterious trees, luscious blossoms and enthralling vines. During the 'golden age of illustration' in the early 20th century, the Danish artist created these stunning and melancholy coloured plates for East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North, In Powder and Crinoline, Fairy Tales Retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, among many others________.

Whimsical gold

Fendi’s 2016 Couture collection by Karl Lagerfeld is a wondrous, splendid world filled with enchanted forests, captivating flowers and evanescent, flaxen-haired princesses. A delightful treasure trove of tulle, lace and leather in whimsical gold, pink and blue, and embellished with appliqued mink flowers, leaves and vines, the collection was inspired by Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen’s book of fairy tales, East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1914)________.

fendi.com

Curved vines

Flowers and plants play a central role in Art Nouveau’s captivating designs; curving tendrils, twisting vines and larger-than-life flowers create an otherworldly effect, transporting us to a scintillating world of golden light and fairy magic. Art Nouveau flowers often have stylized elements such as long stamens, vine-like stems and oversized petals, as seen in this lavish collection of jewellery, objects and art________.

Curved vines

Flowers and plants play a central role in Art Nouveau’s captivating designs; curving tendrils, twisting vines and larger-than-life flowers create an otherworldly effect, transporting us to a scintillating world of golden light and fairy magic. Art Nouveau flowers often have stylized elements such as long stamens, vine-like stems and oversized petals, as seen in this lavish collection of jewellery, objects and art________.

Whimsical gold

Fendi’s 2016 Couture collection by Karl Lagerfeld is a wondrous, splendid world filled with enchanted forests, captivating flowers and evanescent, flaxen-haired princesses. A delightful treasure trove of tulle, lace and leather in whimsical gold, pink and blue, and embellished with appliqued mink flowers, leaves and vines, the collection was inspired by Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen’s book of fairy tales, East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1914)________.

fendi.com

Victoria & Albert’s petals

Art Deco, referring to the decadent style that spanned the boom of the roaring 1920s, features rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation, including botanicals and flowers in vibrant, abstracted shapes and colours. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a rich Art Deco collection of home objects, jewellery and more, including this floral French Art Deco carpet by Suzanne Guiguichon, and luxurious botanical brooch laden with sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds, made by an unknown artist________.

The Victoria & Albert Museum vam.ac.uk

Golden girls

Annie Frenchs’ (1872-1965) delicate, yet expressive paintings feature women seemingly enveloped in a world of golden light, rose-gold forests and intricate blooms. Trained at the Glasgow School of Art, Ms. French produced children’s books illustrations and designs for greeting cards with her elaborate Art Nouveau-style compositions. Her backgrounds are extremely detailed with flowers, green swards, plants and trees________.

Victoria & Albert’s petals

Art Deco, referring to the decadent style that spanned the boom of the roaring 1920s, features rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation, including botanicals and flowers in vibrant, abstracted shapes and colours. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a rich Art Deco collection of home objects, jewellery and more, including this floral French Art Deco carpet by Suzanne Guiguichon, and luxurious botanical brooch laden with sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds, made by an unknown artist________.

The Victoria & Albert Museum vam.ac.uk

Golden girls

Annie Frenchs’ (1872-1965) delicate, yet expressive paintings feature women seemingly enveloped in a world of golden light, rose-gold forests and intricate blooms. Trained at the Glasgow School of Art, Ms. French produced children’s books illustrations and designs for greeting cards with her elaborate Art Nouveau-style compositions. Her backgrounds are extremely detailed with flowers, green swards, plants and trees________.

Floral fireworks

The lovely Sarah Illenberger from Berlin has a fabulous way to look at flowers quite differently. Her visual language is defined by giving common things like flowers a whole new meaning. Look at these beautiful pictures she has made. Are you looking at fireworks? Or are they flowers? Can you tell________?

sarahillenberger.com

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Paradise gardens

Evergreen: Living with Plants (Gestalten) shows how plants and flowers bestow warm grace to unconventional and indoor spaces. The beautiful book is filled with gorgeous imagery of rooftop gardens, flora-laden balconies and private oases nestled in home backyards, among many other examples. From interior decoration to citywide projects, the book invites readers to nurture their green thumb and create their own botanical paradise________.

shop.gestalten.com

Floral fireworks

The lovely Sarah Illenberger from Berlin has a fabulous way to look at flowers quite differently. Her visual language is defined by giving common things like flowers a whole new meaning. Look at these beautiful pictures she has made. Are you looking at fireworks? Or are they flowers? Can you tell________?

sarahillenberger.com

Bouquet etiquette

Edgar Degas’ Dancer Taking A Bow (1877)
The flower-giving tradition in British ballet was believed to have started in the 1930’s. Back then, ballerinas were badly paid so people sent flowers and food as presents. Nowadays, the ballet world is more glamorous and decadent, however, the aura and allure that went with its bouquet-giving tradition can still be seen during curtain calls – with strict petal protocols:
1. No dancer can receive a bouquet on stage if the lead ballerina hasn’t been sent any.
2. A bouquet has to be a decent size and of a particular oblong shape that is easy for a dancer to hold as she curtsies. It has to be flat on the bottom so that it can rest on the woman’s arm________.

Dazzling flower

The muse and flower of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s heart, Zelda was the ultimate flapper girl, the golden girl of the dazzling Jazz Age. An American novelist and socialite, she was also a painter and ballerina later on in life. Zelda – along with F. Scott – was famous for her wild adventures, high spirits, lack of inhibition and effervescence; a symbol of lavishness and grandeur of the Roaring Twenties. A true wild flower, both beautiful and damned________.

Bouquet etiquette

Edgar Degas’ Dancer Taking A Bow (1877)
The flower-giving tradition in British ballet was believed to have started in the 1930’s. Back then, ballerinas were badly paid so people sent flowers and food as presents. Nowadays, the ballet world is more glamorous and decadent, however, the aura and allure that went with its bouquet-giving tradition can still be seen during curtain calls – with strict petal protocols:
1. No dancer can receive a bouquet on stage if the lead ballerina hasn’t been sent any.
2. A bouquet has to be a decent size and of a particular oblong shape that is easy for a dancer to hold as she curtsies. It has to be flat on the bottom so that it can rest on the woman’s arm________.

Forgotten goldies

These nice goldenlike old ladies fit perfectly in today’s golden yellow and orange coloursceme for an up to date interior. Illustrator Sella Molenaar made for us these artistic little drawings to give these golden oldies a place into the spotlights. Meet: curry plant, pampa grass and winterberry________.

sellamolenaar.com