Unparalleled beauty, larger than life: a unique compendium of the world’s flowers.
Makoto Azuma defines himself as an haute couture florist, an artist specializing in arrangements customized to the wishes and attributes of each client. Shunsuke Shiinoki, his longtime collaborator, is a photographer concerned with capturing living things as they shift in aspect from moment to moment. Their fierce dedication to expressing the beauty of blooms in all their luxuriant variety is evident in this collection, which features over 200 photographs of more than 1,600 kinds of plants—truly, a one-in-a-kind encyclopedia of flowers for today. A detailed index gives information on every plant, including both common and scientific names.
Makoto Azuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki, both born in 1976 in Fukuoka, opened the Jardins des Fleurs custom florist studio in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 2002, later moving it to Minami-Aoyama. From around 2005 they also started working together on projects in which Shiinoki photographs “botanical sculptures” created by Azuma. Azuma’s daringly experimental floral works have been shown in many places outside of Japan, starting with a solo exhibition in New York; he established the Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyujo (AMKK) botanical lab in 2009 and has recently been focusing on exploring the connections between human beings and flowers.