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Providing energy and creativity by using the right colors

written by: Per Benjamin | 25-11-2020

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When starting the project of building a new studio the project name was “The house of dreams” and that has become the name of the building today.
A house to dream big and small, be creative, and get good energy!

The Feeling of a Sunny Happy Day

 

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Color Palette

Of course, building, placement, and interior are important but most of all is the color palette being used. Colors not only communicate emotions: they can project and create emotions! I wanted the studio to put me in a creative mood as soon as I walk into it, therefore I chose these energetic colors. Strong colors in harmony, not contrast, all according to the color theory that I have presented in my new book about color.

 

 

Color Is Energy

For the studio, I wanted to create the feeling of a sunny happy warm day, even on the greyest dark November day. So not only as those who know me, using my favorite color combination of them all but projecting the total expression of what is an optimal day for me. I have now used the studio for a little less than a month and I love it.

 

 

 

Scorched Earth

So, from me to you all, be more daring, and use more color in your lives. Color is energy, joy, creativity, and pure feel-good emotions! The color of 2021 Thursd launches now as Scorched Earth, which is already present in my studio. I bet you have a color palette for your house of dreams too? 😉

 

 


Per Benjamin

Flowers have always taken an important place in the life of Per, and today one can even say they have become his life.
To have one's passion and main interest as a full-time job is a privilege.
His driving force in life and career is the sheer fun and happiness he finds in working with flowers and people.

Today he works out of his own company, “Benjamin’s Botaniska” (Benjamin’s Botanicals), “Floristisk Coaching” his educational company, and Life3 together with Max van de Sluis.

His work ranges from demonstrations, workshops, seminars, school teaching, judging, shop makeovers, economy and sales knowledge, team and leadership courses, shop coaching, bigger events, and party decorations, and the occasional day in a flower shop. He has, over the last 15 years, since his World Cup victory, had the opportunity to work all around the world, in over 80 countries.

All of this started with his interest in flowers and gardening as a child and at the age of 16 his luck to find a flower shop to work in for holidays and weekends. This leads the way to a growing interest, learning over the years, a full-time job, and eventually his Craftsmanship diploma with a silver medal in 1994.

The teaching of all kinds is his strongest passion. A period as a full-time teacher at a floral college in Stockholm awoke the urge to inspire and educate others, pass on his passion for floristry to others, to provide them with the necessary knowledge, and then see how they translate it into their own ideas and growing as designers.

He has published, co-published with Life3 and been published in over 20 books. Books both pure inspirational as the Emotions series and the sell-out popular educational step by step series with Life3. The first one being his own “Elements” book that showed the world what Scandinavian design is all about. Per has since then over the years grow a great reputation of being a master of color use. He has created his own color system that is a true eye-opener for many designers.
He says he is who he is as a designer today because of his unstoppable curiosity, for flowers, design, and people!

Awards
1994 Silver medal of Craftsmanship diploma
1997 Gold medal Swedish Championships
1998 Gold medal Stockholm Open
1999 Silver medal Stockholm Open
2000 Gold medal Scandinavian Championships
2001 Silver medal Stockholm Open
2002 Gold medal Stockholm Open
2002 Gold medal Fleurop Interflora World Cup
2003 Floral designer of the year in Sweden
2003 Gold medal Scandinavian Championships
2014 Silver medal Singapore Garden Show
2017 Gold medal Stockholm Open
2018 Honorary Interflora medal for product and business work in Norway

Bigger events/ commercial work
2006 Floral design concept for Raffles Singapore
2007 Floral design concept for Crown casino and hotel Macau
2006 Floristic Dialogue a business/sales program for florists
2008 Interflora School in Norway
2008 Floral design concept for Kempinsky worldwide
2012 Floristic Coaching a coaching educational system for florists
2013 Floral design concept for Grand Hotel Sweden
2014 Floral design concept for Icehotel Sweden
2015 Designer of the Nobel Prize Banquet
2015 MC/presenter of the Interflora World Cup in Berlin Germany
2016 Product manager at Interflora Norway
2016 Designer of the Nobel Prize Banquet
2017 Designer of the Nobel Prize Banquet
2017 Business consultant for Interflora Sweden
2018 Designer of the Nobel Prize Banquet
2018 MC/presenter of the Interflora World Cup in Philadelphia USA
2019 Designer of the Nobel Prize Banquet
2019 Exhibit at Sofiero Palace

Publications
2001 Nordic masters of flower arrangement
First-class floral design – Wedding, Christmas, and Display
2003 Emotions with Life3
2004 Elements, Biography of Per Benjamin
2005 Wedding Emotions with Life3
2006 International Annual Floral Art
Creativity with Flowers Bouquets with Life3;
Creativity with Flowers Interior Decoration with Life3
Creativity with Flowers Christmas with Life
2007 Christmas Emotions with Life3.
Creativity with Flowers, Sympathy with Life3
2008 International Floral Art
Creativity with Flowers, Arrangements with Life3
2009 Creativity with Flowers, Wedding Flowers with Life3
2010 Passionate Emotions with Life3
Creativity with Flowers, Table Arrangements with Life3
International Floral Art
2011 Creativity with Flowers, Plant Arrangements with Life3
2012 Living Interior Emotions with Life3
International Floral Art
2014 Interior Emotions with Life3
International Floral Art
2016 International Floral Art
2018 The world of colors according to Per Benjamin
Floos issue 3
International Floral Art
2019 Elements, new edition
Floos Wedding Flowers
Creativity with Flowers with Life2

Philosophy
Curiosity is my driving force as a person as well as a florist. For me the challenge is not to find the most beautiful and rare flowers but to find new ways to use the ordinary ones and show their beauty. This is often achieved by working with the flowers or colors that you like the least, to challenge your own prejudices and creativity. Not to see limits and old traditions as obstacles; on the contrary, to see them as possibilities and inspiration to new ideas. And I always combine creativity in design, sales, and business in my coaching programs. We need to be commercial to reach our audience and future customers.

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