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Steal This Look: Floral Arrangement in Cocktail Glasses

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Steal This Look: Floral Arrangement in Cocktail Glasses

May 9, 2019

We recently spotted an arrangement from this year’s Salone del Mobile by Milan-based shop owner and designer Rossana Orlandi, and I immediately sought to replicate it.

Orlandi arranged six different jars and glasses on a glass serving tray and filled each with different flowers. The result is an appealing color clash with an artful Italian feel. It’s a look that feels very off-the-cuff and easily replicable with props from around the house and out in the garden.

Photography by Aya Brackett for Gardenista, unless otherwise noted.

The Inspiration

Orlandi&#8\2\17;s composition showcases each individual flower and is the perfect centerpiece for an impromptu party. Photograph by Catherine Dash for Lonny Magazine.
Above: Orlandi’s composition showcases each individual flower and is the perfect centerpiece for an impromptu party. Photograph by Catherine Dash for Lonny Magazine.

The Replication

I started with a Heath Ceramics Coupe Serving Platter in Onyx (\$\106) and set a circular marble trivet just off center on the tray, to create different heights. Similar to the trivet is a White Marble Coaster (\$\19.95 for a set of four) from Williams-Sonoma. Next I added water to five different glasses and placed them around the tray.
Above: I started with a Heath Ceramics Coupe Serving Platter in Onyx ($106) and set a circular marble trivet just off center on the tray, to create different heights. Similar to the trivet is a White Marble Coaster ($19.95 for a set of four) from Williams-Sonoma. Next I added water to five different glasses and placed them around the tray.
I used two of my favorite tools: Pallares Solsona&#8\2\17;s Professional Kitchen Shears (\$\1\25) and their Navaja Folding Knife (\$65); I use them both constantly in and out of the kitchen. I prefer a knife for cutting soft stems, but you can use just about any garden tools or kitchen scissors that you have on hand.
Above: I used two of my favorite tools: Pallares Solsona’s Professional Kitchen Shears ($125) and their Navaja Folding Knife ($65); I use them both constantly in and out of the kitchen. I prefer a knife for cutting soft stems, but you can use just about any garden tools or kitchen scissors that you have on hand.
I cut a few wild roses from the garden: two in a deep orange tone (with red rose buds) and two white roses edged in pink. I also used a trio of poppies from the local San Francisco flower market and a group of just-bloomed green hellebores. I topped the composition off with a bearded iris in white and peach.
Above: I cut a few wild roses from the garden: two in a deep orange tone (with red rose buds) and two white roses edged in pink. I also used a trio of poppies from the local San Francisco flower market and a group of just-bloomed green hellebores. I topped the composition off with a bearded iris in white and peach.
The key to the arrangement was not to over-think it: keep it simple, group flowers together, and move them around until you find something pleasing.
Above: The key to the arrangement was not to over-think it: keep it simple, group flowers together, and move them around until you find something pleasing.
Drinks are served.
Above: Drinks are served.

N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published on April 27, 2016.

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