For this month's Lived in Series we caught up with the incredibly lovely and talented women behind Studio Mondine, a floral design studio based in foggy San Francisco, California. Inspired by the lushness of English garden arrangements and the precision of Japanese ikebana, they look to nature and the changing of the seasons to inform their designs. It's with feverish enthusiasm that they seek out the rarest ingredients, working directly with the finest flower farmers in the nation or cultivating these special blooms ourselves in our small cutting garden.
We took some time to catch up with Amanda and Ivanka, excited to learn some more about the slow flower movement, how they started their studio and what a perfect Sunday looks like, check out our Q&A below to learn more!
Photography by: Sandy Lee @sandyleestudio
Ha! As with any courtship, it was when we first met that we both thought we had so much in common. About a year in, the "whoa, we might be polar opposites" realization kicked in. We spent years Two and Three trying to navigate and incorporate our differences. At times, it was messy. Year Four is shaping up to be our best yet -- we're working on celebrating our differences now.
Design, comfort, material...it all matters! It almost seems impossible to find a studio uniform because it needs to transition from 'on scaffolding designing a ceiling floral installation' to 'polished and put together in front of clients', and usually in thick summer heat!
Waking without an alarm, working on the crossword over coffee, walking to the farmers’ market for dinner provisions, and arranging flowers cut from the garden before our guests arrive...
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Algodones Mayas was founded 26 years ago by Luisa's parents with a goal of preserving the Guatemalan culture, the land, it's natural colors and motifs. To do this they grow and cultivate native pre-hispanic colored cotton. The thread derived from their cotton does not go through any dyeing process. They preserve 100% of the plant's natural colors: brown Ixcaco, raw white and jade green.
Over the past seven years it's been such a gift to see how our little brand has grown and evolved. From launching a Kickstarter project back in 2012 to quitting my freelance gigs a few years later to work on Kordal full time and hiring our first team member Jia Yee, we've reached milestones I couldn't have imagined. I'm still pinching myself that on November 30th, 2019 we opened the doors of our very own store.