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The Connaught Hotel 24/10/08

My design for the Espelette table used these large vases filled with gypsophillia. It was a bold design, but too big for the table, so I placed two on either side of the fireplace. The shape of the vases worked well with the storm lanterns and I loved their ambiguity: is it a flower arrangement or isn't it? Gypsophillia is such an old fashioned flower (as well as rather smelly) so containing it in vases solved both issues. It took several attempts and some dexterity to get the Gypsophillia looking right. The stems were spiralled against the inside of the glass, which gave a much fuller appearance, without making it too dense, causing mildew.


Bringing the vases in from the cold outside caused condensation, so I got my assistants to gently warm the inside of the vases with a hair drier we borrowed from housekeeping, which drew some strange looks!

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Taken on October 24, 2008