Interflora World Cup 2023 Designs, Task 1 - Our Forest Canopies

To really feel a forest canopy, we must use different senses and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination.

By: THURSD. | 10-09-2023 | 3 min read
Floral Designs Floral Events
Interflora World cup

The Interflora World Cup 2023 competition to crown the World Champion took place in the UK this year. The long wait leading up to day 1 was over for all competitors. Months of preparation, practicing, brainteasing, and finding that unique approach to the challenging task themes should lead to a climax at the biggest floral event in the world, taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Centre.

Thursday, the 7th of September marked the first chance for twenty talented designers from all over the world to show their skills. Here's an overview of this theme's interpretations with stunning creations displayed for the visitors to behold up close.

Thursday 7th September

Task 1: Our Forest Canopies – Suspended Design

Kicking off the competition, this task invited the florists to create a suspended design inspired by the enchanting world of forest canopies, guided by the words of Joan Maloof, author, and activist, who beautifully stated, "To really feel a forest canopy, we must use different senses and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination."

Expect to witness in random order the breathtaking designs that transport you to a magical woodland realm.

The First-Round Designs Made by the 5 Finalists (4th and 5th in random order)


 Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Nicolaus Peters
Nicolaus Peters, Germany


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Elisabeth Palsson
Elisabeth Pålsson, Norway


 Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Elizabeth Newcombe
Elizabeth Newcombe, United Kingdom and Ireland


 Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Hyunghak Kim
Hyunghak Kim, South Korea


 Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Patricia Aguin
Patricia Aguín, Spain


The First-Round Designs Made by the Other 5 Semi-Finalists (in random order)


 Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Melissa Smedes
Melissa Smedes, Netherlands


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Jennifer Thomasson
Jennifer Thomasson, USA


 Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Katharina Albrechtsen
Katharina Albrechtsen, Denmark


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Attila Nemeth
Attila Nemeth, Hungary


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Stéphane Chanteloube
Stéphane Chanteloube, France


The First-Round Designs Made by the Other 10 Competitors


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Saija Sitolahti
Saija Sitolahti, Finland


 Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Alejandro Figueira Fernandes
Alejandro Figueira Fernandes, Venezuela


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Thanh Tran
Thanh Tran, Vietnam


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Ivan Moreno
Ivan Moreno, Colombia


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Lea Romanowski
Lea Romanowski, Canada


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Monica Garcia
Monica Garcia, Peru


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Solomon Leong
Solomon Leong, Hong Kong


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Daniela Pighetti
Daniela Pighetti, Italy


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Hironori Komatsu
Hironori Komatsu, Japan


Interflora Worldcup Task 1 Emanuela Araújo
Emanuela Araújo, Portugal


Our Natural World

The overall theme of this year’s competition was ‘Our Natural World’. Each task has been created to show love and respect for the beautiful planet we live on as well as to capture the imagination of the competitors and show visitors how florists cherish nature and the environment.

All competitors were asked to concentrate on sustainability and natural materials in their designs.

They’re all the best in the business. There were a total of six heats altogether across the three days, including the Semi-Final evening on Friday 8th September, and the Grand Final evening on Saturday 9th September. Each task had a different theme and a quote to convey with the design, and three of them were kept completely under wraps until just before the timer started.

Mind-Blowing Designs

If you visited the event on Saturday’s exhibition day, you’d have the chance to see over 100 mind-blowing floral designs created throughout the competition so far. You would have witnessed the evolution of floral artistry and gained a deeper understanding of the craftsmanship and passion behind each masterpiece. Perhaps you have even taken the exclusive opportunity to speak to all contestants in their booths and ask them any questions you may have had about their floral art.

If you did not get that chance, or if you just want to see those works of art again, continue below to check the other designs.

Watch the Next Tasks at the Interflora World Cup

So, after the brilliant start with Task 1 came some more challenges. Click on the link to continue watching great designs.

Thursday 7th September.

Task 2: Surprise Task - All About the Bees

Friday 8th September.

Task 3: Our Ocean Waves – Table for Two

Task 4: Our Clouds – Bridal Design

Task 5: Semi-Final – Surprise Task - Magnificent Meadows

Saturday 9th September.

Grand Final – Surprise Task - 100 Years of Interflora


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