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...
Being invited into Kiva's home and studio is a bit like entering a dream. Sunlight pours into the space, bringing to life the mosaics of color that fill the room. She offers us tea and makes us instantly feel at home. In a gentle and intentional tone she tell us about her upcoming shows, travels and the history of her studio. Originally the home of her parents in the 1960s, her mother a modern dancer and father a painter, it's clear that creativity is the heart of this home.
Last fall we received an email from Barrie, the Brooklyn five-piece band made up of Barrie Lindsay, Dominic Apa, Spurge Carter, Sabine Holler and Noah Prebish. Lucky for us they were shooting their new album cover and asked to pull some pieces from our fall collection. We loved seeing our collection styled on both the men and women in the group and are so thrilled to share some of those photos with you here! What's even better is that we love their music, the new album is so dang good it's been on constant rotation at our studio.
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