Living Art



  • Olivier Giugni, the renowned floral artist, presents stunning portraits of his sumptuous creations in a variety of private homes, along with detailed descriptions of their design and placement—and recipes for a dozen of his signature arrangements.

    Life is color and color is life. This is the mantra of Olivier Giugni, founder and owner of L'Olivier, the sleek floral design atelier in Manhattan. Far from Brignoles, the ProvenÇal village where he grew up, Olivier reimagines the warmth, whimsy, style, and bursts of color from his native France in a singularly contemporary fashion, and in doing so, he has become one of the New York area's most beloved and acclaimed floral designers.

    Created from a breathtaking range of organic and sustainable material, Olivier's work becomes living sculpture, drawing from and reflecting back the signature elements of its surrounding environment. True to this vision, his gorgeous, lush arrangements of dramatic flowers and plants inspire and transform every space they occupy.

    In Living Art, Olivier walks readers through the homes of eighteen of his clients as well as his own, pointing out how their art, furnishings, and design preferences engage in a call-and-response with his unique arrangements. Along the way, Olivier's creative thought process is revealed, showing how composition, color, texture, and fragrance can have a subtle yet decisive impact on the energy of a room, enhancing and elevating mood and moment.

    Living Art's spectacular images illuminate this master florist's aesthetic approach in an accessible way. A gift for experienced arrangers or novices just learning to work with flowers, the book includes recipes for twelve of Olivier's unique arrangements, offering novel ways to style flowers, plants, and foliage—from cascade to orchid garden to bouquet. The poetic, playful creativity featured in Living Art will move and spark the imagination of all those who are passionate about flowers.

    About The Author

    A native of France, Olivier Guigni has become one of the most influential and successful florists in New York City, his adopted home, since 1986. A self taught artist, he was first recognized by the legendary Pierre Cardin, who hand picked him to create the look of Les Fleurs de Maxims in Paris, Tokyo and then to open Les Fleurs de Maxims on Manhattan's Madison Avenue. Olivier opened his first boutique in 1994 on Manhattan's Upper East Side, with the second, called L'Olivier Downtown, following in 2004 in Chelsea. His company, L'Olivier Floral Atelier, provides flowers for invididuals, restaurants, hotels, as well as corporate and charity events, among others.

  • ISBN: 9781439109205
    ISBN-10: 1439109206
    Number Of Pages: 254
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 24.1  x 2.8
    Weight (kg): 1.542
    Audience: General