“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you,
I could walk through my garden forever.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1809-1892
Since time immemorial the beauty of the flower has always been a symbol of admiration and affection – it is said that as long ago as the 15th century people had gifts of flowers delivered to their beloved. In 1908 the first flower gifting service was established in Berlin and on the 1920s streets of New York numerous messengers could be seen delivering flowers that were gifted to women from their male admirers – however, it was not normally a bouquet that was handed over to the recipient but rather a single lavishly-wrapped rose.
It was the design studio Deutsche & Japaner that came up with the initial idea of reviving this ritual for the AROSE project. However, the focus was to be just as much on the wrapping and ritual of unpacking a single bloom as on the flower itself.
From discussions with the bag and accessories label TSATSAS, the idea emerged of creating AROSE as a joint project – but both partners felt that nowadays it was no longer appropriate to devote such lavish packaging to a single flower which would, after all, very quickly wilt.
In a move to end the transience of the gift Esther and Dimitrios Tsatsas, the designers behind TSATSAS, brought the material leather into play: by employing a different material for AROSE the flower would be imbued with timeless beauty.
Now petals of supple lamb nappa leather form an opulent rose – inspired by nature’s own creation. Handcrafted in a fine bag maker’s studio in Offenbach/Main every bloom is not only a one-off but also reflects the uniqueness of nature.
The leather blossom comes in a matt black box, which reveals a mirror interior when its slip-on lid is removed. The flower rests on an elevated section bearing a mirror-image quotation by British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson from the 19th century, which describes the poetry of the flower: “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.”