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In Copenhagen, The Flower Shop As Art Installation

Considering that floral art is the new medium of choice, it was only a matter of time before floral shops became art installations themselves. The new Tableau store in Copenhagen, founded by Danish florist Julius Værnes Iversen, was designed by Copenhagen-based architect David Thulstrup to resemble something more like a gallery, with six architectural podiums made for displaying single arrangements like art. Each of the six podiums is constructed from a single material — terrazzo blocks, gray glass sheets, transparent glass bricks, Bornholm stone, polished metal profiles, and perforated metal sheets. “It’s all about the monumentality in the materials which are made into geometric shapes with as little intervention as possible to keep a clean frame for the floral displays,” says Thulstrup. In the back is a light sculpture inside a custom rack for growing potted plants. During the day the sculpture radiates white light; at night, it switches to a pinkish-purple hue, adding a sort of glowing, disco-ball feel when the store is closed.

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