Azuma Makoto is a japanese flower artist, owner of the haute-couture floral shop “JARDINS des FLEURS” in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo. He describes himself as a florist, “someone who takes care of flowers”. His career as a flower artist started in 2009, he has been working for various brands, designing Christmas trees for Audi or Hermès, creating a logo for Adidas, decorating the storefront of Colette in Paris, or the Issey Miyake’s flagship store in NYC.
In 2009, he founded an experimental laboratory “Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyusho” (Azuma Makoto Botanical Research Institute) and ever since then, he has been expanding art activities pursuing infinitive potential of plants.
Looking at Azuma’s drawings and drafts, you can see that his artworks are a bit more than simple gardening!
Maison Hermès Window Display – Jardin du Temps (“Garden of Time”)
After exploring for a year differents layers found within the dimension of “Time”, the final window display of the year 2012 “Time of Plants” had been made for Maison Hermès. Azuma-san used a small greenhouse known as paludarium, apparatus invented in England during the 19th century. These glass-plated boxes were stocked with plants from colonies, enabling the noble owners to observe the growth cycle of unique exotic vegetation within the privacy of their own homes, reminder of faraway lands.
Encapsulated environmental experiment system: Paludarium SUGURU
This device is an encapsulated environmental experiment system for a plant. This system aims to keep and cultivate a plant regardless of regions, countries or installed locations. Once a plant is set inside the device, it maintains the inside space at a fixed condition by thoroughly controlling the indispensable elements for a plant such as temperature, humidity and light. Also, with fully equipped water circulation and filtering system, it is able to supply purified water at all the time.
Stage design work for NHK special (radio and television broadcaster in Japan)
You might have noticed the recent trend of air plants in indoor gardening, they are spiky, grow in any direction and don’t need soil as they find water and nutrients from the air. They are usually showed floating in the air, a few species displayed in transparent or geometric planters hanging from the ceiling.
I like this installation that is kind of a paradox, presenting hundreds of plants arranged in a modular cage.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here are some of the current trendiest ways to display air plants in your home.
Azuma Makoto’s website : http://azumamakoto.com/
An interesting interview of the artist : http://www.shift.jp.org/en/archives/2009/05/makoto_azuma.html
How to care about airplants : http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/02/how-to-care-for-air-plants-1.html
An article by Lise.