Art in Bloom 2018
Every spring, right around May Day, the amazing (FREE!) Minneapolis Institute of Art museum plays host to 165 flora-loving citizens and a dozen or two commercial flower shops who fill the museum with fresh flowers during Art in Bloom to usher in the new season. Organized by the Friends of the Institute, who use the profits from this (FREE!) event to support our community's access to the arts, this four-day festival...well, let's be real, here...it kind of kicks some ass.
Marking 35 years of the (FREE!) Art in Bloom event and 10 years of participation from MuseFlora owner, Cana Potter (a.k.a. me), this year did not disappoint. There were cocktail hours, design classes, floral fashion shows, garden parties lectures and mixology workshops, pop-up shops and galleries full of fresh floral arrangements.
Echoing the primary service of MuseFlora- creating floral arrangements for an individual's space and style through a Fresh Cuts Subscription- Cana selected the Frankfurt Kitchen to interpret.
This kitchen, by the way, gets better with every new fact:
Designed by a woman architect (whaaaat?) and installed between 1926-1930, the Frankfurt Kitchen was the thoughtful equivalent of today's tiny house kitchen- if that tiny house was mass-produced as public housing in apartments built by the thousands for displaced German citizens following the destruction in World War I. Architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky studied the compact spaces of train dining cars and ship galleys for ideas of efficiency, then incorporated some of the latest technology- including an electric stove, which, next to the hot, wood-burning ovens of its time (then multiplied by hundreds of hungry high-rise inhabitants) was a state-of-the-art comfort.
Other thoughtful details include a drying rack/storage shelf combo, a fold-down ironing board for freshly pressed napkins, a pass-through counter to the dining room, and a moveable ceiling light. No, no- don’t get up; relax on the stool and prep, with everything you need within reach. Oh, and even the paint choice had an intent: at the time, blue was thought to repel flies.
Though chipper and a bit quirky, the sweet design is underscored by tough living. As many of the citizens living in these 10,000 Frankfurt apartments were war widows, coming off of great losses, uprooted and packed into tight quarters, where efficiency and order are not a choice but an obligation that becomes almost severe in its starkness, where do you find abundance? Sensuality? Wildness? Freedom? How do you keep connected to the world beyond your window?
The floral arrangement created features flowers that could have been grown in windowsills, plucked from a garden, or snipped from the nearby mountains, forest and riverside landscapes.
- Eremurus (Foxtail Lilies)
- Butterfly Ranunculus
- Chocolate Queen Anne’s Lace
- Pierus Japonica (Japanese Andromeda Heather)
- Bay Leaf
Take a load off, now. Sit down, relax and enjoy your time with nature. Everything you need is within your reach.