One of the most magical things in putting on an event is seeing how a venue can be transformed with the right flowers.
A favourite florist of ours is the relatively new company, Princess & Kō, who created some stunning floral displays for us at Kent House Knightsbridge for a celebration of the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property magazine. As you can image, for a publisher whose content is all about style, the flowers needed to be stunning and Princess & Kō ensured they were.
The company is run by Dawid and Elias who launched the company in December 2015 after working together for three years at prestigious London florists, McQueens. We caught up with them recently to find out more about how their floristry skills can help transform events.
What prompted you to become florists?
Both Dawid and I came from very different backgrounds, him being from Poland on his way to becoming an accountant and myself from Cyprus studying law. Having said that I think we both kind of fell into it and having enjoyed it so much never looked back.
How did you meet and what prompted you to set up your business?
We met at McQueens flowers where we had been teamed up together and assigned the task of designing and installing most of McQueens’ landmark contracts such as The Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, Claridge’s and Quaglino’s restaurant. This provided us both with the opportunity to hone our team working skills and stamina as big hotel installations are not as easy to set up as one might think.
After 3 years of working together day and night we decided it was time to take our friendship to the next level so we decided to start our own family and named it Princess&Kō.
What kind of floristry services do you offer?
We offer every floristry service one can imagine from corporate flowers to events to private houses to cakes. It really is a long and plentiful list and includes masterclasses and we are also monthly flower gurus for an online gay wedding directory.
How did you make the move into floristry for events?
I would say since we founded Princess&Kō we’ve had more events than anything else!
They are such fun to set up, working closely with the client, the rush of the job, the time limit and the challenge making an idea materialise. The finished product is always something to behold.
How would you describe your style?
A question of controversy!!! I guess having experienced pretty much every style that might be out there and having had the privilege of working and learning amongst some of the best florists in the business, we have come to the conclusion that it is more a touch rather than a style that we offer.
After all we did both decide to move away from a factory style business and rather than impose our style on our clients we work closely with them to create what they picture in their mind. You could say you put “your style in our hands”.
Could you tell us about some of the events you’ve worked on?
London Fashion week was a memorable one but worth every effort to see the backdrop and floral dress we had made appear in Vogue. A wedding at The Law Society in Holborn was an absolute pleasure to set up; you walk in and get such a sense of the history and the halls and staircases are just begging for flowers. Historic venues provide stunning backdrops which is why we loved working at Kent House for the Evening Standard’s Homes and Property 20th anniversary.
The space above the fire place downstairs was just a beautiful blank canvas begging for those golden branches and autumnal hydrangeas and as for the wall we had made for upstairs, well, sorry for tooting our own horn but that was something else!
Where do you get your inspiration from for your floral designs?
I would say our inspiration comes from our passion and that might help explain our excitement at remembering past events. Between the two of us, we’ve pushed the boundaries of floristry and in doing so we have never shred away from a challenge. We’ve become wiser as to how much is possible with imagination and a little engineering. Of course we should also thank some of our clients for some of our inspiration; it is after all their visions we bring to life.
What trends do you see making an appearance in 2017?
We think people are moving towards floral installations that bring the outside inside. Instead of the classic flowers in a vase it’s about going for a landscaped scene with layers and depth; something to be seen as a piece of art rather than just to fill a space.