Charlotte Moss has been one of my favorite interior designers for decades, and I own every single one of her books… so naturally, it was a delight to receive her latest, Charlotte Moss Flowers, published by Rizzoli and released this month.
Charlotte has been documenting her floral compositions for over a decade and shares in these pages a scope of arrangement types, from an intimate and welcoming cluster of blooms on a guest room’s bedside table and a single perfect stem in a quiet corner of a room to lavish floral displays for the celebrations and holidays. She encourages readers to bring the garden indoors with ideas for arranging flowers, selecting containers, and placing blossoms around the house.
From Charlotte’s grander displays in the city to her more informal creations at home in the country, as well as in the refined interiors of her clients, the result is a vivid chronicle of how flowers provide visceral pleasure indoors and out. Readers will be further motivated as Moss describes the contributions of past tastemakers: Gloria Vanderbilt’s ingenious use of flowers in her licensed products and as complements to her iconoclastic interiors, Pauline de Rothschild’s fantastic tablescapes, Bunny Mellon’s signature topiaries and embrace of the simplicity and elegance of baskets, Constance Spry’s use of inventive containers and for her ground breaking artistry, and C.Z. Guest’s passion for orchids and roses.
Charlotte and her stepson James Friedberg, a glass artist based in San Francisco, have collaborated on a collection of vases to launch simultaneously with the book. There are six vases in the collection inspired by the women in the book. A small Venetian-style swirled-stripe vase is named for Fleur Cowles, a fluted opaline vase for Gloria Vanderbilt, a chic asymmetrical raindrop shape for Lee Radziwill, and a classical amphora for Colette. With the garden as her muse, Charlotte gives the reader tools to add botanical artistry to the tapestry of a life well lived, imbuing every day with the beauty and elegance of nature.
Charlotte Moss Flowers proves that flowers are not just for special occasions, but are best enjoyed as one of the loveliest elements of every-day living. Charlotte has authored ten books, most recently Charlotte Moss Entertains, published by Rizzoli in 2018.
The Glam Pad also adores “The Flowers of the Month” collaboration between Charlotte and Tommy Mitchell, available for purchase through Bergdorf Goodman. Initially inspired by William Furber’s “Twelve Months of Flowers,” Charlotte and Tommy worked together to create a collection of studies and standards that celebrate the twelve flowers of each month. From the sublime sweet pea to the everlasting honeysuckle, every month is thoughtfully created in wonderful detail. Each piece is crafted in metal and one of a kind. These would make an excellent Mother’s Day, which is just around the corner!