4 February 2014

NYC’s Florist du Jour

IRMA wears a dress by Carven, Pre-Fall 2014 and a bag by Dries van Noten, Spring/Summer 2014.

NEW YORK: Emily Thompson brings a sculptural element to all her floral designs. The Brooklyn florist, has quite an impressive portfolio of clients – including Michelle Obama. Her flower arrangements tell a story of time & history and they look like they come out of an 18th-century painting by J. C. Roedig.

In 2009 she opened her storefront in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn. A visit to Emily’s studio and shop is illuminating. One quickly gets a sense of her whimsical style. The studio is filled with antique vases, tangles of branches, vintage paper and more. In fact, what stands out are the relatively few flowers in the shop. For the most part, the workspace is filled with natural finds – berries, branches and wood. While it may appear that Emily’€s work is the result of long, ponderous walks in the country, in fact most of her materials are sourced from the Flower District. ‘I spend a lot of money to make it look like it these pieces came out of the woods,’€ says Emily. For example, Emily uses quite a bit of driftwood in her work.

‘I focus on the textures of the materials as opposed to color,’€ says Emily. When she’€s talking about flowers she tends to talk in sculptural terms, ‘I like the character of each material to come forth in what I do,’ says Emily. Her embrace of form has captured the attention of taste makers. Seasonality is a consistent theme in her work and the result is always surprising and quite different.


Emily Thompson in her studio in Brooklyn, a bouquet that looks like as picked by hand, flower installation sculptured around a stairways, decorated column, a special wedding request: The bride wanted a bouquet: ‘Make it look dead’.



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