With a style that boasts an amalgamation of Scandinavian and Japanese design concepts, Danish flower artist Nicolai Bergmann has become a household name in Japan – and is sought after worldwide, too. He names the largescale exhibition at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in 2018 and a collaborative project with FurlaJapan, as some of his careerdefining works. Soon, you will be able to see his imaginative creations at Four Seasons HotelSingapore. We find out more about this brilliant mind.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SINGAPORE?
Aside from showcasing our styleof work in the Grand Lobby, common areas and even at weddings, I hope to also bring our flowers to the gift shop! It would be great to introduce our signature flower boxes and see them travel to more homes.
WHICH LOCAL FLOWER INTRIGUES YOU?
The Vanda orchid is one of my favourites, and I use it a lot in my work. I know Vanda is a big part of the Singaporean identity as well, and the variety and quality of it is quite something else here.
In general, though, my all-time favourite flower is the hydrangea. I still remember an episode in which I was truly moved by them; it was near the town called Kamakura in Japan, where I was driving and passing fields and fields of hydrangeas. It was incredible. It was around May or June – the rainy season in Japan – and the hydrangeas looked absolutely stunning, with droplets of water on them.
YOU ARE BASED IN TOKYO. ARE YOU INFLUENCED BY THE IKEBANA CULTURE?
Early on in my career, I was inspired by sogetsu, a type of ikebana in which branches are used as key features. I do have a deep interest in and appreciation for the art and tradition of ikebana. However, I would say my inspiration comes largely from nature, interior design, architecture and art that I come across in my daily life.
CAN FLORISTRY BE TAUGHT?
I think the basic skills necessary for floristry can definitely be taught, but, past a certain point, it comes down to an individual’s sense of creativity. Creativity or sense of artistry is something that comes naturally, rather than something to be taught.
HOW HAS FLORAL TRENDS CHANGED?
Floral trends have really taken its course, and you see them more in ordinary settings. It has become a tool for people to express themselves. I think social media plays a large role too; I see a lot of new faces popping up.
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Nicolai’s flower exhibition at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, titled Hanami 2050, featured unique installations that filled the space with colour.
Nicolai will be working with Four Seasons Hotel Singapore’s in-house florists to create unique tablescapes like this.
TEXT ELIZA HAMIZAH