Encyclopedia of Flowers

The artistic talents of two florists, Makoto Azuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki, come together in the Encyclopedia of Flowers, a new book of beautiful ‘flower works’

The artistic talents of two florists, Makoto Azuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki, come together in the Encyclopedia of Flowers, a new book of beautiful ‘flower works’…

As a florist and artist, Makoto Azuma has been exhibiting his floral installations in galleries since 2005. His meticulous arrangements often bring together plant species that would not naturally occur side by side.

For the Encyclopedia of Flowers (Lars Müller Publishers), Azuma’s arrangements have been photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki, who co-founded Tokyo florists, Jardin des Fleurs, with Azuma ten years ago. The book itself is designed by Kenya Hara.

The Encyclopedia also contains an index identifying all of the 2,000-plus species featured with their Latin names.

The Encyclopedia of Flowers includes 203 images by Makoto Azuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki and is published by Lars Müller Publishers; £50.

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