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Ikebana Arrangements and Compelling Colour Palettes

A new book from IDEA offers a plethora of pleasing photographs of ikebana arrangements

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Photography courtesy of IDEA

Purveyor and publisher of books both old and new, IDEA’s latest offering is a harmonious marriage of the two. Ikebana: An IDEA Book sees the ultra-Instagramable joy of ikebana floral arrangements – tomes on the subject from the 70s and 80s sell out on the site in no time – packaged as a beautiful new, and blank, notebook. A space for jotting down your greatest musings, it’s an idea book in the strictest sense of the word. Those who’ve scanned the label’s merchandise channel will no doubt recognise one or two of the arrangements – created by Zen arts master and visionary theatre director Shōzō Satō – which graced soft and slubby jersey sweatshirts on sale earlier this year. Happily, this luxurious lined pad offers an extended array of the addictive images to peruse.

The Japanese art of ikebana denotes that the arranger pay as much attention to the careful placement of flowers as to the empty space surrounding and circulating them. The notebook is arranged in homage to this notion, with images of delicate displays dotted sporadically throughout the pages, interrupting your notes and ideas with pleasurable pauses and inspiration. IDEA has shared the delicious collection here, to lift your Monday.

Ikebana: An IDEA Book is out now, published by IDEA.