‘Eclectic Flowers,’ runs Bimba’s tagline. But this wasn’t always the case for the founders of the London-based floristry studio. Maria Nini Torres and her husband, Simone Oliver, were both artists before they decided to make the switch. ‘We wanted to have a job where we could use our creativity and have fun,’ says Torres. ‘Flowers were the obvious answer.’
The pair learned about floristry in Paris and London. Every morning the couple wake up early and visit New Covent Garden Flower Market. ‘Surrounded by flowers, we choose the best and most colourful blooms,’ says Torres. ‘We like to explore different techniques and give each arrangement a strong character that represents the floral grace of each season.’
Bimba’s influences range far and wide, drawing on the respective cultural heritage of the founders. ‘Simone is Italian, I’m a Mexican,’ says Torres. ‘Our different personalities help us to create unique pieces, following the Italian aesthetic but inspired by Mexican colours. My flower style is also greatly influenced by the works of the great Dutch masters of the golden age and the floral arrangements created by Constance Spry.’
The couple use their artistic backgrounds to create exclusive designs that, according to Torres, always must have one thing in common. ‘They have to be harmoniously wild.’
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