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NGV – Gala 2018 Escher X Nendo | Between Two Worlds

The National Gallery of Victoria’s annual Gala for 2018 immersed guests in a world inspired by the exhibit Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds. This exhibit featured art from Dutch artist MS Escher, combined with furniture and design elements by Japanese studio Nendo.

Repetition of patterns and geometry were a theme of the exhibit, and we concentrated on Escher’s mathematical genius in designing striking installations to decorate the event spaces. We took inspiration from Escher’s kaleidoscopic patterns to produce grand, reaching installations elevated above table settings. Elongated stems of luxurious black roses stretched along table centres, giving guests a closer chance to appreciate the fascinating form of each flower and the arrangement, completely.

This event was a chance for our florists to explore unusual floral design elements, focusing on shades of black and white to complement Nendo’s monochromatic designs. This was an opportunity for our floral designs to celebrate the unique shapes of flowers, with the contrasting hard sharp lines of bird of paradise contrasted against lacey, rounded phalaenopsis orchids. This monochromatic theme allowed us to explore the impact of depth and shadow, motivating our compositions.