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Luc Gaignard, a succulent florist

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Frederic Poletti

Luc Gaignard, a great florist established in the 1st and 17th arrondissements of Paris, advocates so-called succulent plants for city life. Parisians love to visit their shops, where they are sure to make the right choices in terms of flowers and to receive sound advice. Back on the course of this gifted bouquet which is a reference in the floral world.

The florist Luc Gaignard was born in a greenhouse. His grandfather was one of the great specialists of the orchid. According to Luc, "a guy a little curious, farefelu, passionate about architecture, aviation, open to novelty, design ... An avant-garde who traveled a lot, I certainly recovered from his genes," adds -he. His father took over the family business, then it was around Luc to dive head first into the flowers (he did his apprenticeship at the age of 17 at the Moullié florist). Since then, he likes to work with plants that we are not used to. At this moment, he puts forward for example the asparagus and has just delivered to a Japanese customer a bouquet of black and white dahlias. Beautiful and strange. In his shops, succulents, succulents, have found a kingdom worthy of them. "They have a real potential for urban life, they are not watered, they are not very prone to lack of light, and most importantly, they are aesthetically interesting, somehow" prehistoric "plants."

The daily life of florist Luc Gaignard is like a vegetal decoration

Between his two shops and his floral scenography for events, Luc's alarm clock often rings at 5 in the morning. "Sometimes it's hard, but when you have passion ... And what is the job that can offer me this: live with flowers, go one Sunday a month in the Netherlands to discover the new, then to Florence to create a decoration at Palazzo Vecchio? "What does he prefer in his job? Showcasing the flowers for the Arc de Triomphe Prize Gala Dinner, launching an event at the Louvre or L'Oréal, Givaudan or Firmenich, but also for individuals as the flowers and their vases form an inseparable whole. That is why, ten years ago, Luc Gaignard had the idea to create the "Polybox", colored polystyrene boxes, perfect as planters, vases and even storage as they are sold with their lid. "I feel like a frustrated decorator," he says with a sigh.

13, rue du Bouloi, 1st arrondissement of Paris, and 71, Place du Docteur-Félix-Lobligeois, 17th arrondissement of Paris. Opening from Tuesday to Sunday. Lucgaignard.com.

Luc Gaignard with the formidable Edith, a 5-year-old Jack Russell, who follows him as his shadow.

Frederic Poletti

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