Arturo Arita in 10 questions
How do you nourish your creativity?
In the botanical gardens where I can admire the beauty of the large leaves. An enchanted place, full of geometry and mystery.
A painter or a designer who inspires you?
I like Allen Jones very much: I love his paintings, the bright and contemporary colors he uses. I had the opportunity to meet him in person during his last exhibition in Paris at the Almine Rech gallery.
What bouquet of flowers do you think is ideal to gift your partner?
I love to gift bouquets that are clean and graphic. A resolutely contemporary floral composition with stylized forms and precise arrangements. For example, the association of a leaf of Livistona and a beautiful Protea Venus.
Your corner of nature or a garden where you like to escape to, in France or abroad?
I can’t wait to return to Roberto Burle Marx’s garden in Rio de Janeiro. It is a colorful garden, a symphony of shapes, colors, and scents.
A flower that is not well known that you would like people to discover?
Heliconia She Kong is my favorite flower. It is an exotic flower that I use a lot in my floral creations; it is large and graphic.
A piece of design that you would like to buy for yourself?
A pink-colored glass paste vase by Garnier and Linker.
The object you do not part with?
I always have my key chain with me by Jean Després.
In Paris, your favorite place during the day, and at night?
During the day, I love to walk around the Palais-Royal, absorbing the beauty of the place and the light. At night, in Paris, the light of the city is so beautiful and subdued … very bewitching.
The best advice you received that still serves you today?
“Never question yourself.”
Your latest interesting discovery on a social network?
I recently discovered the artist Bela Silva on Instagram. She is inspired by the plant world to create ceramic objects.