Japanese florist and artistic curator of floral art Azuma Makoto dreamed of being a rockstar when he was young. He moved to Tokyo in 1997 to pursue his dream as a florist where he worked at Tokyo’s largest flower and vegetable market, Ota Market, while he wasn’t playing music on stage. It was at this time that he became interested in botany and opened his own flower shop Jardine des Fleurs with renowned photographer Shiinoki Shunsuke in 2002. Over the years he has collaborated with numerous fashion brands and luxury houses, including Dries Van Noten, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi and Hermès, to name a few, and exhibited in galleries and museums.
While plenty of his work is commissioned projects and large scale installations, Makoto still finds time to create pieces for the general public. He once created a series called “Iced Flowers” which he froze flowers in large ice cubes, and later had the collection transformed into “Block Flowers”. Instead of ice, Makoto used transparent blocks to perpetually preserve the blooming beauty of cherry blossom, dahlia, tulip and more at their best. These beautiful pieces will be available outside Japan for the first time starting from 1st of May at Hong Kong select shop 432Hz. Shiki Model Kit, a DIY resin model kit based on his pine tree travelling bonsai, as well as the Time of Life encyclopedia of flowers written by Makoto will also be available in the store.