It took 1 car full of dried bamboo, lots of wire, 2 awesome team members and over 8 hours on&off ladders in a 35 degrees greenhouse to create this epic installation for Wet van Weber. It is almost 9 meters wide, which makes it the largest floral install I have done so far. And I couldn't be more proud of it.
Wet van Weber is a unique culinary gathering, powered&hosted by All Class Kitchen Art Events. As a guest, you buy a ticket without knowing what the menu is or where the dinner will take place. This time, the venue was a greenhouse so the tables were set up between the sweet peas, tomatoes, cabbage and other veggies. And as you might have guessed looking at the fabric banners, the theme was Asia. This was pretty much the entire briefing I got from Daniëlle (photographer/creative manager for All Class). It was all I needed. Sometimes, just like the design itself, less is more. Except when it comes to sharing pretty photos of my work, in that case I'm all about more=more. Enjoy! ;)
It was quite a challenge to come up with an installation that could last 4 days without water. But the moment I found some dried bamboo everything fell into place. I sourced even more bamboo at a local grower and sketched a design for this statement piece. And in 2 days time, me and my 2 babes made this magic happen. We threw in a part of the table styling as well, with my personal collection of mix-matched candlesticks and some dried flowers & grasses as a finishing touch. Danielle made the pretty fabric banners and lots of mini versions for the plates. It's all about the details!
Stefan and I were invited to join the vegetarian edition on the first night and it was SO GOOD! Even the non-alcoholic drinks were perfect. Also: the mushroom-chickpea mini burger, cashewcreme and that papaya salad.. sjeessss, I craved for a family size doggy bag of those. Calling all chefs.. we need more veggie-creativity like this! Enough with the goatcheese salad and stuffed portobello already!
We had the best time, even though it was quite awkward for me to dine at my own table in stead of disappearing backstage. I now got to see it all through my clients eyes, a pretty special experience. And yes, it was hard to ignore the melting candlewax covering my (hard to clean) candlesticks and to let it go and enjoy the ride. But I managed and met some pretty cool people along the way!
My flowergirls Chantal & Noortje, who helped me create this beauty. You are the best!
Daniëlle and the rest of the family for this challenge, your trust and the amazing evening!
Erwin from Randijk bamboekwekerij for letting me cut all that dead bamboo from your plants :)
Looking for a show-stopping & highly instagrammable floral installation yourself? Contact me and we will talk soon!
photography: Daniëlle Reizevoort (dani visual artist) / styling & install: Anne van Midden (Inspire Styling) / host & catering: Wet van Weber (powered by All Class Kitchen Art Events) / music: Koert Witteman