Creative Mind: Arturo Arita
The Paris-based floral designer creates sculptural arrangements that are featured at Christian Louboutin boutiques and fashionable fêtes around the city
Floral designer Arturo Arita’s vibrant arrangements have adorned fashionable events at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (displayed in a towering giraffe pedestal made by Vincent Darré, no less) and the Palais de la Porte Dorée. At the latter, Arita created head-turning centerpieces for a celebration toasting his rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau neighbor Christian Louboutin, whose Paris stores also showcase the florist’s bright blooms.
Born in Honduras, he lived in New York before relocating to the City of Light. “Paris is a place that really allows you to express yourself artistically,” says Arita, who launched his own atelier in September 2019 in a Sophie Dries–designed space featuring plaster niches made for an ever-changing exhibition of plants, such as palm leaves and anthurium with feathers, fiery heliconia, or bulbous protea.
“I love something that’s structural, pure, with movement, while also following lines, so that in the end, it’s in harmony”Arturo Arita
Breakout moment: “The Palais de la Porte Dorée is really an Art Deco masterpiece. My work is structural, very linear, and exotic in a way, so it went really well with the surroundings. When you visit that place, it makes you travel, and with my creations, you also travel.”
In bloom: “I take pleasure in finding the vase, especially Murano glass,” says Arita, who launched an e-shop in February and is designing his own collection of vessels. “When it comes to my creations, I love something that’s structural, pure, with movement, while also following lines, so that in the end, it’s in harmony.”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2021 Spring Issue under the headline “Creative Minds.” Subscribe to the magazine.