Exploring the Charm of Albatros Roses With a Modern Twist on Floral Design

This rose is exceptionally well-suited for designs crafted using a technique known as 'reflexing'.

By: KATYA HUTTER | 11-03-2024 | 4 min read
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In my view, the recently introduced Albatros rose variety from breeder Kordes Rosen is exceptionally well-suited for designs crafted using a technique known as 'reflexing'. Reflexed roses are characterized by gently turned-back petals, providing a fuller and more open look. Unlike the traditional tight bud or semi-open flower, a reflexed rose showcases its outer petals curved outward, revealing more of the inner petals.

The Art of Reflexing Roses

Reflexing, though it might sound simple, is an art form in its own right. It transforms the rose from its natural, closed posture to an open, inviting display. This technique is not new, but it has gained popularity in recent years for its ability to add drama and volume to arrangements. Each petal of the Rose Albatros rose is carefully peeled back, without detaching it from the bloom, to form a fuller, more opulent flower. The beauty of this technique lies in its ability to reveal the hidden colors and textures of the rose, often unnoticed in its natural state.


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Why Albatros Roses Stand Out

The Albatros variety, with its creamy white hues and hints of green on the outer petals, offers a refreshing twist on the classic rose. Its sturdy stems and large, durable petals make it a dream for florists who love to push the boundaries of traditional floral design. The adaptability of these roses to various styles and settings - from minimalist designs to lush, opulent arrangements - showcases their versatility. Moreover, their extended vase life ensures that the beauty of your creation endures, making them a practical choice for events and home decor alike.



Modern Floral Sculptures

My journey with the Albatros rose began as an experiment in texture and form. I was intrigued by how the reflexing technique could transform a simple bouquet into a piece of art. The process of bending and shaping each petal to my liking was akin to sculpting. The end result? A nice arrangement that stood not just as a floral design but as a modern sculpture, drawing the eye and engaging the senses.

This modern approach to floral design challenges the conventional perceptions of what a flower arrangement can be. It blurs the lines between the floral industry and the art world, inviting us to see roses in a new light. The Albatros rose, with its exceptional beauty and flexibility, has the qualities to become a key player in the arsenal of floral design tools with event florists.

Whether you're crafting a bridal bouquet, a centerpiece for a special event, or simply looking to add a touch of elegance to your home, Albatros roses offer endless possibilities. Their ability to blend seamlessly into both traditional and contemporary designs makes them a versatile choice for any occasion. For those looking to experiment with reflexing, I recommend starting with the Albatros rose. Its forgiving nature and aesthetic appeal make it an excellent starting point for those new to this technique.

When working with Albatros roses, consider the overall theme and color palette of your arrangement. Their neutral color allows them to complement a wide range of hues, from soft pastels to bold, vibrant shades. Pairing them with contrasting textures and foliage can also enhance their visual impact, creating a more dynamic and interesting composition.



The Evolving Art of Floral Design

The introduction of the Albatros rose has opened up new avenues for creativity in floral design. Its suitability for reflexing, combined with its aesthetic and practical qualities, makes it a standout choice for modern arrangements. As we continue to explore the boundaries of what can be achieved with flowers, the Albatros rose stands as a testament to the evolving art of floral design.

For my fellow florists and floral enthusiasts, I encourage you to embrace the unique qualities of the Albatros rose. Let it inspire you to create arrangements that not only captivate the eye but also stir the soul. In the ever-changing world of floral design, it's varieties like Albatros that remind us of the endless possibilities that await when we dare to innovate.

While reflexing demands meticulous effort, the results can be truly breathtaking. The Albatros rose's generously sized and pliable petals make it an ideal candidate for this technique. I found great pleasure in creating modern-style floral arrangements that resemble sculptures. The shapes of the roses, the interplay of light and color, and the overall quality align perfectly for such striking contemporary work.

Albatros is undoubtedly on my radar for consideration in my modern-style bridal and event arrangements this year.


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Rose Albatros is bred by Kordes Rosen. The ones I have made my designs with are grown by Timaflor.
Floral design & photography: Katya Hutter @katyahutterfloraldesign.


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Katya Hutter

Katya Hutter is a floral designer based in Amsterdam, specialized in creating luxury and artistic floral decors for private clients, weddings & events, and the fashion industry. Her style is lush, nature-inspired, abundant and surprising. Katya believes that nature inspires better designs, it's a source of great inspiration for her. She received her training in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands, in the very heart of the world’s floral industry and has received private lessons and master classes from a brilliant Japanese florist Atsushi Taniguchi in his flower school in Paris. Atsushi’s work has greatly influenced Katya’s ever-evolving style as she continues to refine her skills through continued study. ​Her background, as a fashion stylist, a photo producer and an agent of award winning photographers undoubtably adds an extra dimension to her floristry, successfully balancing commercial considerations whilst maintaining artistic integrity, assuring that her clients get the best possible quality and impeccable service. Katya speaks three languages: Russian, English, Dutch and welcomes clients from Europe and further afield to her creative floral atelier in the heart of Amsterdam.Katya has worked and collaborated with a broad range of companies, private clients, celebrities, magazines and brands including but not limited to Cosmopolitan, Glamour, GQ, In Style, Viva, Collezioni, Wedding, Playboy, Shape, Burda, L’Oreal, Dove, BBDO, Saatchi&Saatchi, Publicis, Sofitel Legend The Grand, Conservatorium Hotel, dancers from The Dutch National Ballet Company.



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