This morning I woke up and was motivated to make a cauliflower fennel soup before going to my afternoon Czech class. While chopping up my soup veggies, I had the Discovery Channel’s Travel & Living playing in the background where a show titled, Chic City was on air. Today’s show was profiling Paris and the city’s most creative and talented people.
While casually tuning in and out to what the announcer was saying, one person, in particular caught my attention: Jeff Leatham, Artistic Director for the Four Season’s Hotel George V in Paris. I think it was the statistics of how many flowers the hotel uses in a given month that first made me look up from cutting cauliflower. Don’t quote me on the statistics exactly but I recall that Jeff changes over the hotel’s floral arrangements every four weeks and goes through something like 17,000 blooms (from Amsterdam) and has a budget of $1m for the year. Whatever the gargantuan number of flowers the hotel uses in its displays, Jeff is the luckiest guy I know. He gets to work with a magnificent backdrop and dream up ways to inject more life, energy, drama and mood into the atmosphere via his flowers. He now has a show called Flowers Uncut on TLC if you are interested in seeing more about him and his work.
Jeff’s work is breathtaking, especially because of its volume and density. Everywhere you look, the George V is bursting with colour, texture, glass all positioned at varying heights and angles. Preston Bailey (whose work I also adore), you have competition across the Atlantic ocean!