Floral Design Day was instituted to pay homage Carl Rittner, a visionary in the floral industry and founder of the Rittner’s School of Design here in Boston. The purpose of the day is to celebrate floral designing as an art form, as well as to recognize those whose talent, skill and creative eye make life a little more beautiful every day. The expert designers at Central Square Florist often work behind the scenes, so we thought we would use this opportunity to thank them for their gorgeous designs that enrich so many lives in Cambridge and beyond.
Down through the centuries, flowers have reflected the society and culture of the time.
It was during the Victorian Era that the “language of flowers” originated, and the practice of picking flowers based on their meaning is still practiced today. If you have ever sent someone a bouquet of flowers based on their meaning – for instance, yellow roses to signify friendship – you are engaging in a Victorian Era custom. Flowers were arranged very deliberately in order to convey secret messages, most often between lovers. The floral designs were abundant and lavish, usually incorporating a mixture of wild and garden flowers that told the story of the sender and the recipient.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900s, the Art Deco school of design was taking over the art world, and floral design followed suit. Bold and confident geometric forms and lines dominate this aesthetic. Tropical arrangements are excellent representations of this type of design, with the dramatic lines of the bird of paradise or the cylindrical form of red ginger. In contrast, the Art Nouveau school stressed “violent curves” and fluid movement through the surrounding space, and the similar ideology of the Ikebana style from Japan showcased delicate outlines and froze them in mid-air, while still invoking a sense of motion. Orchids are often an excellent representation of the Far Eastern school of design.
The artistry of floral design is an important part of the success of Central Square Florist. The gorgeous arrangements created in our shop every day exhibit the creative skill of our team. If you are seeking a bouquet or arrangement that is a true work of art, look no further.