On March 8th, Lewis Miller of LMD gave an incredible Master Class demonstrating his unique design style called “Fleurs Sauvage”, which combines both structural and natural elements in one look. To explain this style, Lewis asked the class to “imagine a structured garden that has been fertilized to death and has gone crazy.” To create this beautifully graphic, yet soft and natural design, Lewis used lush textural greens such as gaylex leaves, umbrella ferns, and horsetails which emulated the horizontal and vertical lines similarly found in nature.
Lewis always looks to bring the energy and motion of natural plants in his designs. Using his years of of horticultural study, Lewis prunes his flowers and leaves to replicate how they would naturally look. For example, Lewis explained how in nature you never see the backside of leaves, because they always follow the path of the sun. With this in mind, in designing you should also show the front of the leaves mimicking nature.
Once the greens were in place, to soften the look Lewis next added purple and violet local anemones, green ranunculus from Holland and checkerboard lilies called fritillaria. Referring to these flowers as “silly little things,” Lewis mentioned that the fritillaria are particularly fitting for this design because they are graphic, but very light and natural as well.
Above all, Lewis explained how his design style is all about compromises and contrasts. While combining and bridging the gap between the natural, organic style and the architecturally modern look, he also highlights and plays on the differences between style to create the overall look.
Check out more pictures of Fleurs Sauvage on our Facebook page. Also, read about Lewis’ upcoming workshop, “Saying Goodbye with Grace and Beauty” taking place at his beautiful East Village studio on May 24th.