Designing With Flowers: Design Gone Wrong




Dear Readers:

As I celebrate my 35th year in the business, I am going through the archives and coming across a number of designs from the past.  As an artist, I believe strongly in taking chances.  This will work to our benefit some of the time, and others? It will not.

I constantly remind myself of the sentiment that, if you make enough mistakes, you just might become an expert.  Well, folks, after three and a half decades in this business, I am still on my way. I have written six coffee table books that have showcased the best of my work. Now I think it is time that I show you the worst of the worst. I believe that it is very important for new artists to understand that making mistakes is not only OK, it’s expected, and essential to growth.  The key is to keep improving.

As I began writing my next book (Greatest Mistakes), I have been searching my archives to find some of the funniest (and most horrendous) designs I have ever done.  Take for example the one above.

The year was 1989 and I had just gotten one of my first big jobs in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  The space was absolutely amazing and the event would host a  high-end corporate event.  To say I went wrong on so many levels would be a gross understatement!

Bridal chair covers? Totally inappropriate for a corporate event, and what was with the bridal “lamp shades”?

Let’s have some fun today. Please tell me what else I did wrong. To all of you new designers, what would you have done differently?

I cannot wait to read your responses!