If you tend to approach flower arranging with a look of concern and a double shot of gin, then take heart. While it's all too easy to find yourself on the bad end of a flower arrangement, if you stick to simplicity then it will work. On the other hand, if you're after a bit of a challenge, then take a leaf out of artist Joost Bakker's book of tricks.
Joost says he is a bit over conventional flower arrangements – he says they're "a bit too arranged." He likes to plonk his stuff as it is and walk away saying that if something looks like it has been messed with, there is just too much detail. He also really likes to surprise with his designs. Joost says that he aims to create arrangements in a way that allows people to see flowers in a new light. If you create a huge sculpture and put one flower in it, people will notice that flower – but if you have a mass of flowers people will walk past.
He loves to use industrial materials because they are designed to be practical not beautiful. "Once products like that age, you get colours coming through that you also see in flowers and the combination works really well", says Joost. In a similar way, he likes to use common objects that people can relate to immediately although they see them used in a different manner. It's the simplicity of the idea that makes it work. For example, he says containers, wires and copper lend themselves really well to flower arrangements because they naturally age and rust - just like flowers grow and die.
When Joost takes flowers in their natural state and puts them into an office, people will always go "wow". He says that it's so rare to see flowers in their natural state indoors that it always has more impact than when they are combined into arrangements. His recommendation is to plonk them in a vase and let them look natural and wild, just as in their natural state.