Zurich: Lars Müller, 2012. 8vo. 512 pages. 203 color photographs of Azuma's floral arrangements by Shunsuke Shiinoki. Original printed wrappers; transparent slipcase. As-new in original shrinkwrap. Item #404228
FIRST EDITION. "Over the past few years, Makoto Azuma has created a furor in the art world with his floral installations, in which he creates unusual new shapes from plants and flowers and their component parts. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of ikebana the art of flower arranging Azuma creates novel and previously unseen aesthetics by bringing together unusual plants that wouldn’t usually meet in nature some of them exotic in extraordinary arrangements. Shunsuke Shiinoki, who opened the 'haute-couture' florists Jardin des Fleurs in Tokyo in 2002 in association with Makoto Azuma, captured these exceptional floral installations in extraordinary photographs" (the publisher). Winner of 50 Books/50 Covers Competition 2012. This is the first volume of three by Azuma, now out of print and scarce.