We celebrate 25 years working at UVL venues this month, having created our first work for the Natural History Museum all that time ago. And from humble beginnings we now have over 30 staff. How exciting it is to see the rush of young talent in the company now.
With Brides being our main clients in August, it’s been lovely for us all at Lavender Green to arrive at a truly busy September, working in a multitude of UVL venues (we counted 40 UVL events this month!) including the V&A, Kensington Palace, and the Royal Academy. These historic venues, which we now know so well, are always exciting to transform from their busy daytime looks to spectacular after-hour spaces for our clients.
Based on the client’s ideals of an English garden and outdoorsy hedgerow theme, we created gorgeous designs at the Victoria & Albert Museum with woods and mosses to create soft and natural arrangements. We drew inspiration from textures and colours of woodland florals, whilst still keeping the designs elegant for our client. Turning into autumn, we incorporated warmer shades of pinks and burgundy to introduce the seasonal tones.
One regular client holds an event every year in various venues in central London. This year they chose to hold their reception for 200 guests in the beautiful Orangery at Kensington Palace. They wanted the flowers to reflect their brand - clean and crisp. We opted for classic mirrored urns to work with the architecture of the venue and stunning full and fluffy white hydrangea with a touch of their own leaf for texture and contrast creating really clean and classic designs, lit delicately by our friends at Wise Productions.
When we saw the start of the installation of the Ai Weiwei exhibition, exclusive to the Royal Academy of Arts, we knew we were in for a treat. On our first job we stole inspiration from his creations. Porcelain blooms have been created for the Royal Academy, as a tribute to the flowers which are integral to his work. During the time in which he was unable to travel for his exhibition, because his passport was held by the Chinese government, he placed fresh flowers in the basket of a bicycle outside of his studio.
At the British Museum, we were briefed for the flowers to work with the client’s product range, incorporating beautiful natural scents, blackberry, bay, pear, mint and rosemary with our seasonal designs creating wonderful textured hedgerows to bring the brilliant outdoor autumn colours inside. The reception in the Egyptian Gallery and dinner in the Nereid Gallery, surrounded by wonderful ancient exhibits were dressed with fragrant flowers cleverly lit in amber by Wise Productions providing an intimate mood for the guests.
And now our team of designers are working on spooky Halloween and sparkly Christmas designs which are just around the corner…If you expect to have a Christmas tree this year think of us. We already have plans to install around 100 trees but can always handle more.