June 26, 2008

aia event: black and white

Here's another one from the archives... I did an event for the Austin chapter of The American Institute of Architects a while back. The opening party for that year's Homes Tour was held at The Austin City Lofts, a building where I designed flowers for the lobby (last photo). The theme of the evening was 'black and white', so it was a fun challenge to make the arrangements interesting and appropriate, but also with an authentic Austin feel.

The above shots are inside two different lofts - two of the featured architects live in the building, and their homes were open for the evening.

The exterior pool area is beautifully landscaped by one of my favorite landscape artists, Big Red Sun, and the building itself is a stunning backdrop, with it's copper and limestone sheathing.

The floral elements included painted curly willow and bamboo, white eremurus, white mums, white orchids and lilies, cotinus foliage (smoke tree) and Purple Majesty millet.

I've never seen a bigger collection of Eames wooden leg splints - love how they are displayed as art. And below is a shot of the lobby of the lofts... I usually did succulents potted in glass cubes with moss and lichen under the photograph. The unique metal and stone table is by Fisterra Studio, a great husband and wife team that live in East Austin. Don't miss their open studio at the East Austin Studio Tour.

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