What’s your most memorable installation with flowers?
“I remember the first time, many years ago, I went into the legendary Imperial Hotel in Delhi. In the middle of the huge hall, there was the greatest, the most incredible, the most eccentric flower composition I had ever seen... Jasmines and orchids formed a flower sculpture which emanated a crazy scent. Since that time on, the scent of jasmine has been reminding me instantly of that extraordinary image and I link it with my beloved India.”
Do you grow your own flowers?
“In the garden and on the terrace of my atelier English roses grow, which are of all my favourite flowers. Unfortunately I myself do not cultivate them, it is a gardener who takes care of them. But I smell and look at them as often as I can, because they make me happy.”
What are your favourite bedroom flowers?
“I often go for a walk in the woods or along the river close to my home and I like to gather small and different wild flowers. When I come back these flowers turn into my favourite flowers which have to be put on the night table beside my bed.”
In what other way do you use flowers?
“During my summer journeys I find nice flowers along the way, I dry them out inside my guidebook which I am traveling with and when I come back home I put them inside the pages of a small notebook, which has become my small herbarium.”
Whats your favourite vase?
“I like when I can have lots of bunches of flowers, each of them very different from the other, and I like using vintage vases, each of them different as well, which I buy all around at Antiques Street Fairs. A small flower forest on the big table of my kitchen.”