I visited master florist Thierry Boutémy in Brussels today, in his little shop of flowers that he describes as a “sex shop”. This comment, coming from such a discreet person (though he works with some of the most famous creatives around, including Dries van Noten and Sofia Coppola: remember the luscious blooms in Marie Antoinette?) is a telling one… Only a true horticulturalist admits that there is a sexy, sly even dirty side to the most beautiful of blossoms. After all, they grow in the soil and shamelessly display their organs in order to lure insects into their innermost lairs… The bright neon “Fleuriste” sign in his window sets the tone–if not quite a red light district, one is definitely entering a pink one. Inside, the flowers are fresh, coy and coquettish and the enormous concrete decors straight out of Alice in Wonderland. If no peep shows were to be seen, these two bears are definitely fighting over something…


Thierry finds mushrooms sexy too. 

More on that later…



~ by lisacwhite on June 23, 2008.

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