November 11 / 2014

An Evening with Award Winning Dutch Designer, Max Van de Sluis

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Over the past two years, we’ve had the special privilege of meeting many of our beloved clients during our monthly floral design classes. We’ve enjoyed sharing our passion for flowers with you and we continually strive to inspire our audience with new arrangements and design concepts.


Ovando and Max Van de Sluis1

Last month, we had the extra special privilege of collaborating with Max Van de Sluis of Holland’sLife3 in order to bring our clients a provocative new class. Mutually inspired by one another work, Sandra de Ovando and Max Van de Sluis elected to team up to exchange secrets of the trade, discuss the various influences on their individual works, and give the step-by-step breakdown on how to create floral art. By incorporating innovative materials in ways that aimed to mimic sculpture, Life3 and Ovando aim to take floral design to a new level and expose these artworks to new audiences.

Ovando and Max Van de Sluis3


The general sentiment of the evening, as Max put it,  “I can’t imagine life without flowers.  I grew up amongst flowers and nature and always knew that they would become my future. I am so lucky to be able to share my work and expose the art of floral design to a larger audience.”

Ovando and Max Van de Sluis2


A sincere thank you to all those who were able to attend! We are fortunate to have such a wonderful audience. For those of you who were unable to attend, we know you were there in spirit and we encourage you to visit the Life3 website for a look at one of our favorite international designers!

Ovando and Max Van de Sluis4


More About Max Van de Sluis
Born and bred amongst the flowers in the Netherlands, Max Van de Sluis grew up in the family flower shop, Max Bloemsierkunst, in Zeeland, Holland. Max’s extraordinary designs were recognized by the international design community for their sculptural forms and use of innovative materials. Later, at the 2002 Interflora World Cup in the Netherlands, Max was introduced to fellow designers, Per  Benjamin and Tomas de Bruyne. Mutually inspired by one another’s visions and eager to create more awareness of the floral design industry, the three soon formed a collective, Life3, today one of the premier international design firms devoted to both commercial and artistic designs. Life3 embodies emotion, creativity, craftsmanship and communication as represented through floral design.

Photos by Ovando.

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