Ikebana is a philosophy as much as it is art. With strong roots in Zen Buddhism and a reverence for nature, Ikebana is the Japanese art form of arranging flowers. It is any minimalists dream—each arrangement is spare and deliberate in construction and unquestionably beautiful. In recent trend, there has been a rise in modern ikebana as artists play with shape, symmetry, and form to reconsider this traditional art form. Here are three modern ikebana artists reimagining floral arrangements that we want to see in our home.
Cosmos&Plums is a London based floral design studio set up by Kasia Borowiecka. She recently obtained her first certificate from The Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Japan and has taken her learnings to impart her twist in this ancient floral teaching called frukebana a mix of fruit and florals.
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else"—Georgia O’Keefe
Julia Rush is another modern ikebana artist based in Tokyo, who creates ikebana arrangements that are so delicately balanced compared to a typical bouquet. She runs Julia Rush Flowers and she focuses on education, hosting virtual global classes so anyone can learn this art and deepen their relationship to the environment.
Ikebana practitioner Toru Watarai creates in Kamakura, Japan where his choice of florals is strictly based on seasonal availability. He works directly with ceramicists to create vessels appropriate to each arrangement. "In Ikebana, the creator’s awareness of the beauty of nature and life is embodied. I combine this Japanese belief of a sense of balance with the creative expression of nature. Merging this belief together with design and visual merchandising, the work becomes different." Watarai states in an interview with Lampoon Magazine.