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Helen Amy Murray's beautiful relief leatherwork

Floral Art

19. 05. 16   :   The Epistle

Plants and flowers have been vested with symbolic significance for thousands of years and have long been a rich and varied source of creative inspiration for artists, writers, composers, designers and architects.

In celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show, which opens its doors on 24 May for five days of floral fabulousness, we have gathered together some of our favourite flower- and foliage-inspired images. From hand-painted wallpaper and delicate marquetry to innovative art and even flower-shaped buildings, there is no shortage of innovative representations of flora and fauna in the world of art, design and architecture.

Bosco Verticale, Milan
Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) in Milan. Architecture: Stefano Boeri. Photo: Alessandro Bonvini / CC BY
de Gournay's Kiso Mountains hand-painted wall covering
Handpainted ‘Kiso Mountains’ design in Original design colours on Statue India tea paper, de Gournay. Photo: Natalie Dinham. Styling: Tara Craig
Examples of Melissa Zexter's photography overlaid with embroidery
Melissa Zexter‘s art combines embroidery with photography
Fromental's Cibar chinoiserie in Wode colourway
Detail of part-embroidered Cibar chinoiserie wallcovering in Wode, Fromental
Helen Amy Murray's beautiful relief leatherwork
Hand-sculpted ‘Bloom’ wall panelling, Helen Amy Murray. Photo: Marcos Bevilacqua
Giclee prints of flowers by Simone Truong
Giclée prints, Simone Truong
Lotus Temple in New Delhi, photographed at night
The award-winning Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India. Architecture: Fariborz Sahba. Photo: Arian Zwegers / CC BY
Marquetry of a hummingbird and fuchsia flowers by Aryma
Contemporary decorative marquetry by British atelier Aryma
House of Hackney Palmeral
Palmeral wallpaper and fabric, House of Hackney
Leaf table and sled chairs in black by Arper
Leaf table and sled chairs, Arper