Brush-wood cone at Christmas time
Dominant decoration for a big round table or a buffet.
Some typical seasonal elements – fir cones, rose-hip, ivy, tiny apples and stars – conjure up the festive magic of Christmas.
Stubs are hammered into a log or glued into holes that were previously drilled into wood – ideally a birch log is chosen as it matches the rest. The wires are then bent upwards at right angles and then outwards at an acute angle at a length of ten centimetres. Reel wire is now interwoven across the wires in order to hold them firmly in position. Fine birch twigs are then densely interwoven horizontally. A plastic cup is filled with floral foam to between 2 to 3 centimetres above the rim and is placed in the centre. It can be filled with sufficient water to supply the floral materials for the required length of time.
The symmetric shape of the raised cone is given an exciting dynamic by the asymmetric distribution of the materials, as well as by the exciting choice and execution of materials, without the balance of the arrangement suffering.
Season: Advent, Christmas.
Impression: Opulent. Festive. Rustic. Impressive.
Form: Truncated cone.
Colours: Red. Green. Brown. Blueblack.
Textures: Rough. Polished. Waxen. Woody. Felted. Metalic.
Movements: Cascading. Grouping, collectively gathering. Striving upwards. Striving upwards unfolding to all sides. Playful.
Structure: Spirally structured umbrella which flows over and is raised on a massive bole.
Design categories: Symmetrical outline with asymmetrical distribution. Decorative. Radial. One point of emergence with several outputs. Directed downwards. Grouping.
Design principles: Dominance of colours and textures. Accentuation by movements. Colour accentuation. Complementary contrast. Contrast of textures.
Floral materials: Pinus mugo. Olea europaea. Malus x domestica. Skimmia japonica. Chamaecyparis nootkatensis. Trachycarpus fortunei. Smilax aristolochiifolia. Rosa Cultivars. Hedera helix. Betula pendula.
Nonfloral materials: Felt bands. Wax stars. Sticking base. Stub wire. Reel wire. Wood glue.
Container: Plastic cup/ceramic vessel.
Work processes: Making the shape. Sticking into a synthetic base.
Techniques: Sticking into drill holes. Gluing with wood glue.Bending wire. Weaving wire.
Interweaving in a lattice. Attaching.
More informations about this theme:
The textbook “100 Floral Ideas for the Convivial Table” by Brigitte Heinrichs und Jürgen Potthoff described in detail all works of table decoration. So the reader can follow the basic design decisions about form, colour, texture, structure and movements, but also about the categories of design in all their particulars. The used floral and nonfloral materials are listed. The reader lerns for which occasions the floral works are suitable and get many helpful hints.