Danish florist Julius Værnes Iversen wanted to cultivate more of the artistry and the drama in his blooms. To do so, the co-founder of Copenhagen‘s popular BB Blomster flower shop enlisted local designer and architect David Thulstrup to help realise his botanical vision. Set within a 19th-century building on Store Kongensgae in the heart of Copenhagen is TABLEAU, an ambitious, gallery-like space where flowers are arranged as sculptures, falling out of bespoke vases or poured over custom-made plinths.

Inside the florist, Thulstrup has allowed foliage and flower to be centre stage within various romantic still life scenes. Six podiums are layered over a stripped back, raw concrete and brick canvas. Designed by Thulstrup, the plinths are each rendered in a different material: terrazzo blocks, grey glass sheets, transparent glass bricks, Bornholm stone, polished metal profiles, and the perforated metal sheets.

The Yves Klein blue vinyl floor is reflected in specially designed LED luminaires in a mirrored metal finish that appear to float on the ceiling. Custom-designed counters are made in galvanised metal. Towards the back of the space is a light sculpture, bordered by a bespoke rack to display TABLEAU’s leafy pot plants. During the day the light irradiates as a cool white while overnight it becomes an edgy pinky-purple growth light, which enables the plants to grow but also adds a sort of disco feel when the store is closed. Vases are made by TABLEAU in collaboration with sculptors like Poul Isbak. Both vases and plinths are for sale.

 

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[Images courtesy of Studio David Thulstrup. Photography by Irina Boersma.]

 

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  1. Kenneth Mason

    Really find the wall treatment to be beautiful. It would seem to leave lots and lots of possible design changes for the future. I could see a broad stripe of ‘concrete’ influenced color ( chalky blue ) or some nicely grained wood.kapm

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