In 1995 Saskia Havekes opened a small flower shop, Grandiflora, in Sydney’s Potts Point. Today, while the shop still flourishes its founder has an international reputation not only as a florist, but as an author and now a creator of fragrances.
The Grandiflora aesthetic has influenced interior styling, hospitality, fashion, editorial and even the modern rituals of giving and displaying flowers. Saskia Havekes does not arrange flowers, she curates them. Drama and scale are her signatures. From an artful posy to a full-scale installation Saskia is always searching for the chance to sculpt beauty out of the bounty of nature and the mutability of the seasons.
Accenting natural beauty, highlighting remarkable events or cleverly suggesting wilder ways to arrange flowers and foliage, each book reveals a rich insight into the Grandiflora vision.
Grandiflora is still located in the small store that launched her name. And whatever the destiny of her fragrances — already attracting international regard Saskia can still be found handpicking her flowers before dawn at the Sydney flower markets.