Led by Hong Kong raised founder Tomtom, the team behind Tomasina Flowers & Botanicals creates original designs for clients that are representative of their style and brand, from haphazardly-arranged wild flowers to trays of untraditional succulents. Promoting natural lines that let the eye travel the arrangements, their abstract floral creations and vintage-inspired blooms often consist of unlikely flowers and rare leaves. Boasting a list of clients that include Art Basel, Stuart Weizmann, Duddells, Monica Vinader, Devialet, White Cube, Hauser & Wirth and BAFTA, we know we are in good company when Tomtom agreed to deck out our The Living Room Edition 2 Pop-up with her floral creations. We caught up with her this week to pick her brain on her concept behind her designs for us, how she first fell in love with flowers and more!
How did you create the pieces for the HULA pop up and what did you want to convey?
Since it was a holiday event and I wanted to create florals that were uncommon yet a bit sparkly, I used the always understated and glamorous pampas grass and spray painted dried palm leaves. As my base, I added a lot of dried interesting textures for the main installations. Then for the florals in vases I added two tone anthurium and berries.
When did you first fall in love with flowers?
I was a visual merchandiser for Gucci during the Tom Ford era and part of my responsibilities was to arrange weekly florals. I always had florals at home and did the flowers for friends’ weddings and events. I then went on to learn more techniques with a diploma with Jane Packer and NuFleur school of design.
What do you love most about your job?
Most of the time it doesn’t feel like a job or work. I get in my workshop, turn on the music and make beautiful and cool things that lots of people can enjoy. It feels good to share the joy.
What do you find most challenging?
I prefer to work with eco-certified product but there is a very limited selection and I try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. I have requested suppliers to not use plastic to wrap everything but it’s a hard change for many companies in Hong Kong!