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A Cloud of Hydrangeas for The Davenport Hotel in Dublin

It's every florist's dream to be asked by an emblematic hotel like this to add some extra value through floral design.

By: JOAN STAM | 02-05-2022 | 2 min read Floral Designers

How wonderful it would be if you were asked to design decorations with silk flowers and plants for one of Dublin's most emblematic hotels: The Davenport Hotel. That's exactly what happened at a time when covid had shut down all the events I normally work for, and so it made me extremely happy. The question was to design installations and arrangements at various locations in the hotel that support and/or enhance the architecture of the hotel. A cloud of hydrangeas could not be missing. The style and feeling that come along with it are perfect. 

A Cloud of Hydrangeas

The cloud of hydrangeas hangs above the staircase that gives access to the ballroom where many weddings take place, by placing the decoration above this staircase you walk through the clouds to your own wedding party. In the mainly white interior with neoclassical elements, the combination of various white tinted hydrangeas in a striking modern shape creates an interesting field of tension with the interior.

 

Silk White Hydrangeas from Pure in a Cloud for Davenport Hotel in Dublin by Joan Stam - on Thursd
The Davenport Hotel

 

Technical Complex 

For me as a designer, looking for these kinds of combinations is the ultimate challenge, especially if they contain technically complex elements. In this situation, it was the fragility of the interior, the location above the stairs, and the creation of an organic connection between the two cassettes in the ceiling.

In consultation with the hotel's technical team, I chose to bring custom-made plates from the Netherlands that are attached to the ceiling. 3D shapes have been created with chicken wire as well as the connection between the two cassettes, the silk flowers from Pure by Jasaco are attached stem by stem to achieve a cloudy effect. In total, about 5,000 stems were processed.

 

 

Reopening The Davenport Hotel

In April of 2022, The Davenport Hotel reopened its doors after being closed for more than 1.5 years. The guests can enjoy the floral additions to the interior like the cloud of hydrangeas now and everyone is excited about the result. 

 

White Silk Hydrangeas from Pure Collection Jasaco at The Davenport Hotel by Joan Stam - on Thursd
A Cloud of Hydrangeas
Joan Stam

Freelance floral designer • Flower lessons • Event florist • Wedding flowers • Floral design ----- From my childhood I have always known that I wanted to become a florist, I was 12 when I started my education to become a professional florist. ​ On the age of 21 I got the opportunity to teach floral design in Japan, I accepted the opportunity and stayed there for two and a half years. This was certainly one of the most inspiring times of my life. ​ Coming back to Holland I decided to take the offer of becoming a general manager of a shop. The urge to get my own place was too big and after one and a half years, I bought a flower shop in Leiden. ​ Hard work, a clear vision and a bit of luck brought me a successful business that after 7 years had 5 employees and no time for my family. Children do change your life, so I sold the company to one of my employees. ​ From then on, I have been working as a freelance florist in a wide variety of disciplines from lecturing and demonstrating to shop work and garden design. Decorating stands at trade fairs and large-scale decorations for weddings and events around the world are also part of my activities .

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