Marginpar Flowers Adorn Samantha Wilhelm’s Art Nouveau-Inspired Floral…

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Master florist and interior designer, Samantha ‘Sam’ Wilhelm is always known to combine her passion and talent for floral art, and interior design. A specialist in event floristry, concept development, photoshoots, design, and interior decoration, her floral design work is often characterized by finesse, a subtle approach with an eye for detail where every element has meaning or purpose.

Sam, who runs Met Finnes, also, has a way of bringing art history to life through floral arrangements. And in her ‘Masterpieces by Sam’ series, this was evident in her use of Marginpar’s exquisite flowers to bring to life Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí’s exuberant, elegant, and organic form designs. ‘Masterpieces’ is the ambassador program of FM Group, and highlights florists’ craft as an art form. ‘Masterpieces by Sam’ is part of this program.

Showcasing the Famous Art Nouveau Movement Through Flowers

In the third episode of her series, Sam – also a creative project leader at Purple-Wire, the independent marketing agency of FM Group – explores Gaudí’s and the Art Nouveau movement. She uses an assortment of flowers from Marginpar to create a stunning floral masterpiece that highlights several of the architectural icon’s designs.

 

Samantha ‘Sam’ Wilhelm works on the floral design using flowers from grower Marginpar.

 

Using a wide range of Marginpar flowers available through FleuraMetz, one of the largest full-service partners for florists worldwide, Sam’s design is a direct reverence to Gaudí’s architectural style, characterized by its organic forms, lively colors, and elaborate and inspired by nature. Her attempts, in the series, focus on showcasing the Art Nouveau movement in the history of art, through the artistic lens of floral design.

 

Marginpar flowers embellish Samantha Wilhelm's masterpiece inspired by Art Nouveau.

 

A Floral Tribute to Gaudí and the Art Nouveau Movement

Born in 1852 in Reus, Catalonia – and learned pottery from his father – Gaudí, the celebrated Catalan architect, left quite a mark on Barcelona’s architectural landscape. He transformed the city with his organic and colorful style, inspired by nature and religion.

Gaudí designed many iconic buildings, such as the Sagrada Família Basilica, the Park Güell, the Casa Batlló, and the Casa Milà, marrying Gothic, Moorish, and Art Nouveau elements with curved forms, mosaic tiles, stained glass, and ironwork, to create a unique and expressive aesthetic. 

 

Marginpar flowers embellish Samantha Wilhelm's masterpiece inspired by Art Nouveau.

 

His work is defined by its organic forms and intricate details and epitomizes the Art Nouveau style, a movement that flourished in Europe between 1890 and 1914. In fact, Gaudí is one of the most famous architects of this art style which is also known as Jugendstil. 

Nature was the primary inspiration for Art Nouveau, influencing its flowing lines, plant-like motifs, and exuberant spirit. For instance, Gaudí’s iconic Sagrada Família Basilica, has soaring pillars that look a lot like tree trunks, demonstrating his organic approach to architecture.

 

Marginpar flowers embellish Samantha Wilhelm's masterpiece inspired by Art Nouveau.

 

One of Gaudí’s most famous works, the Sagrada Família Basilica, exemplifies his unique style, featuring unusual shapes that seek to make architecture an organic part of nature. His mosaics, often made from ceramic shards, are another hallmark of his style, as seen in Park Güell in Barcelona.

In her design, Sam’s floral interpretation of Gaudí’s style, accordingly, incorporates a variety of flowers to pay homage to the architect’s mastery of form and his deep connection with nature, which serves as the inspiration for this style, as reflected in its plant-like shapes and motifs.

 

Marginpar flowers embellish Samantha Wilhelm's masterpiece inspired by Art Nouveau.

 

The Structure of the Design: An Interplay of Floral Textures and Colors

The floral arrangement’s centerpiece is a large vertical cross constructed from Salix branches, reminiscent of the tree-trunk-like pillars in the Sagrada Família – Gaudí’s iconic basilica in Barcelona. In this case, the Salix branches are festooned with test tubes filled with flowers to create a sense of airy lightness that mirrors the basilica’s light-filled interior.

 

Marginpar flowers embellish Samantha Wilhelm's masterpiece inspired by Art Nouveau.
Sam works on the floral design.

 

The cross shape is repeated at the base of the structure, covered in polyurethane for a smooth, organic, and natural-looking finish. It is also adorned with a colorful mosaic inspired by the bench in Park Güell – another of Gaudí’s masterpieces – as well as glass shards evocative of the roof of Casa Milà – yet another famous building by the renowned architect.

Sam’s choice of flowers for the airy, transparent top of the design includes the rich blue Eryngium Supernova Questar®, Delphinium Guardian Lavender, and Gloriosa Superba Simba Fifty Shades.

 

Marginpar flowers embellish Samantha Wilhelm's masterpiece inspired by Art Nouveau.
Delphinium Guardian Lavender (left) with Eryngium Supernova Questar® in the background, and (right) Gloriosa Superba Simba Fifty Shades.

 

The Delphinium and Gloriosa are perfect for the Art Nouveau style due to their striking shape and playful, flexible stems. The Salix branches in the shape of a shield create a feeling of protection without being too domineering, echoing the atmosphere in the Sagrada Família which stands out from other such churches with its light, colorful interior. The flowers used perfectly embody the Art Nouveau style.

 

Marginpar flowers embellish Samantha Wilhelm's masterpiece inspired by Art Nouveau.
Salix branches intertwine with the Eryngium Supernova Questar® in the design.

 

The Base of the Design and Its Floral Mosaic

The base of the arrangement is a colorful mosaic of flowers, showcasing the diversity and beauty of nature, just what the art movement was all about. Sam begins with the elegant Scutellaria and Chasmanthium Latifolium ‘Mantis’ then adds colorful Astilbe, Astrantia, Hypericum, and Callistephus.

 

Marginpar Flowers Adorn Samantha Wilhelm’s Art Nouveau-Inspired Floral Masterpiece

 

Next comes the deep red Scabiosa Maraschino which provides contrast, adding depth and richness to the composition, and finally, she incorporates Talinum ‘Long John’, Clematis Amazing® Vienna, and Clematis Amazing® Miami, emphasizing the subtle beauty and intricate details of each flower.

Sam explains:

“For me, Talinum is a game-changer in a piece. At first glance unassuming, but on closer inspection, it is the most valuable flower for me, adding more depth and refinement to the piece.”

 

Marginpar flowers embellish Samantha Wilhelm's masterpiece inspired by Art Nouveau.

A Masterful Curated Floral Interpretation of Gaudí’s Work in Art Nouveau

In the end, Sam’s floral composition, truly, captures and showcases her finesse and subtle approach with an eye for every detail using flowers including Eryngium Supernova Questar®, Gloriosa superba Simba Fifty Shades, Delphinium Guardian Lavender, Astilbe Vision in Pink, Astrantia Roma®, Hypericum Tomato Flair®, Clematis Amazing® Vienna, Clematis Amazing® Miami, Scabiosa Bon Bon Scoop™ French Vanilla, Scabiosa Bon Bon Scoop™ Maraschino, Chasmanthium Latifolium ‘Mantis’, Scutellaria ‘Tinkerbell’, Callistephus Buttons Blue, and Talinum ‘Long John’.

 

Marginpar flowers embellish Samantha Wilhelm's masterpiece inspired by Art Nouveau.
Design by Samantha ‘Sam’ Wilhelm

 

The design, in its own way, brings the essence of this art movement to life and demonstrates the floral designer’s understanding of both floral art and the Art Nouveau movement; skillfully combining the movement’s key elements – organic forms, rich colors, and elaborate details – with flowers’ unique beauty and versatility.

 

Photos by FleuraMetz featuring flowers from Marginpar.

 

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