Philippa Craddock x V&A

Forever Flowers

Some of our favourite London florists are switching up the flower game, giving fresh stems a longer lease of life:

Philippa Craddock x V&A

We really, really didn’t think we liked fake flowers. That was until we found these. Philippa Craddock, the florist behind Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding has teamed up with the V&A to produce an exquisite collection. Inspired by the museum’s collection of botanical illustrations these flowers have been in development for over a year. Not only are they beautifully made, the stems are things you’d actually want – wild meadow flowers like dandelions and cornflowers as well as branches of hogweed and mulberry. Alternatively you can buy a bouquet – or send one as a gift. Stems from £12, small bouquets from £132. philippacraddock.com

Jam Jar Edit 

One of our favourite London florists, Jam Jar (who do the flowers for Spring, Chiltern Firehouse, Sketch etc) also stock a small but select range of floral-themed objects. They’ve just updated their stock of framed pressed flowers that are grown by Fern Verrow and pressed in house. We like this Buttercup (below), £75 unframed or £150 framed. jamjaredit.co.uk

We also love their floral paperweights. Hand picked and made in South Wales, this small dandelion would make a lovely gift. £30 jamjaredit.co.uk

Grace and Thorn 

Dried flowers and grasses are everywhere at the moment. East London fashion favourite, Grace & Thorn have got in on the action offering dried flower workshops and now even a dried bouquet that’s aptly named, Some Things Do Last Forever £40, graceandthorn.com

Sasha Sykes

Artist and furniture-designer Sasha Sykes uses foraged flowers, foliage and seaweed to produce beautiful resin and acrylic furniture. A bespoke commission could transform a wedding bouquet into a screen, tabletop or lamp. Her large Gyre (meaning ‘of the sea’) screen is on display this week at Peter Petrou’s stand at the PAD Art & Design Fair. Price on application. sashasykes.com

— Daisy Allsup
3rd October 2018