Antonio Bond is the creative force behind Transplants Floral Design.
he is the resident florist at Hotel Saint Cecilia and the curator of several creative floral pieces for many different types of events. He is a native south Austenite. He finds inspiration in natural elements and loves the patina of age in found objects. He attributes his diverse aesthetic to the variation of the Texas landscape.
When asked what he sees for the future of luxury and eclectic floral design he had this to say…
“I think that people are ready for flowers to be more than just decor, I think people want to interact and engage with the arrangements, experience them as art. I want people to have a relationship with the arrangement at their table, see it as something unique. I want my pieces to add to the magic of the day. More and more people seem to be moving toward an eclectic, bohemian, familial vibe in weddings these days. The stiff, formal weddings are less popular, which is perfect for me because it allows me to have more freedom in my work. “
What is your creative process when working with a new couple?
“I enjoy incorporating objects that add feeling to each piece; I often ask couples to provide sentimental objects or try to feature items that mirror the couple’s personality. I also infuse all my arrangements with a personal touch and attention to detail that maximize the emotional experience. I have my hands in every piece at some point in it’s production. I want every aspect of the day be moving, be special….that personal attention brings warmth and dimension. “
How you draw inspiration from the location?
“My relationship with St. Cecilia has been an amazing opportunity. St Cecilia has allowed me to push the boundaries with my work, they have given me space to evolve and grow creatively. The look they have cultivated is so thoughtful and attractive. Whenever I do designs for them, I try to be mindful of respecting that aesthetic and designing something that works in partnership with that. I love working at outdoor venues. I like to make things how I imagine they would grow in the wild. I love the shadows produced by each design and how lighting plays off each arrangement. I love texture and dimension.
What’s in your future? The future of Transplants?
“I hope to continue to push the boundaries, as much as my clients will let me. I want to keep trying to create originality. I am a wedding florist by trade, but I would love to see my designs on stages, incorporated in fashion, on moving bodies….I’m always looking for opportunities to try new things.”
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