Flores Cosmos creates flower arrangements that are beautifully Mexican in the best way – dramatic, unexpected, and even a bit strange.
While researching Carla Fernández for my previous post, I made a fascinating discovery. Alberto Arango and Ramiro Guerrero live and love flowers which led them to create their business, Flores Cosmos. They live next door to their workspace where they create the most incredible arrangements. They say they live on the ugliest nosiest street in México City. Avenida Revolución is indeed a bustling vehicle-packed street full of noise and pollution. To combat the atmosphere of the street they created a green oasis behind closed gates where they can renew themselves with quiet and beauty.
As with many things Mexican, beauty can be strange and bold rather than sweet and pretty. The former description is how I would describe the work of Flores Cosmos. Their wonderful creations feature spiky agave, white birds of paradise, cacti, dead branches and wood fungi. ¡Que fantástico!
A variety of plants growing in mismatched pots bid the couple a good day as they head out to the wild city beyond those gates.
A colorful fountain tries to contain a flowering plant. On either side sit a pair of white plaster pots with inlaid mirror. I have unsuccessfully been searching for pots such as these for some time now. These pots are an example of Mexican folk art that walks a thin line between fabulous and tacky.
Some of my favorite Flores Cosmos work are pictured below.
I have no idea what lies beneath the banana, but I love this arrangement for its individuality, color, and texture.
Colorful dahlias seem to be sprouting to life from the fungi column.
If I were creating wedding ideas, this would be the first picture included. The agave and the hanging green flower (that I cannot remember the name of) make this common wedding decoration innovative.
A close up detail shows the contrast between spiky and soft.
The use of baskets in this backdrop makes me think of the masses of calla lilies in Diego Rivera’s murals.
In addition to being passionate about flowers they are also passionate about the city’s stray dogs. Here they relax at the end of the day with their two rescue dogs.
To view more of this couple’s work see their blog.
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