Olea & Fig Studio x Ciao! Flower Design Full-Day Workshop

After working with so many wonderful florists, we’ve always been wanting to delve more into the world of our flower friends. During this trip in Taiwan, with the goal to befriend more wonderful local vendors, we had the pleasure to connect with the lovely Lynn from Ciao! Flower Design, who kindly created a full-day workshop tailored our requests and provided the Olea & FIg team a customized curriculum to experience the behind the scenes of Ciao's stunning creation.

We started off the day meeting with the Ciao team at Neihu Flower Market at 10am in the morning, Turkey, the main creative mind behind Ciao, took us on a two hour walk around the flower mart. Turkey explained the color theory specifically for floral arrangements, discussed flower seasonality, walked us through his thought process when shopping for the floral pieces he wants to create. We then visited his usual stops at the market and learned the different specialities of a few botanists. Next, we picked hyacinth as the main floral for the different arrangements we would be working with for the rest of the workshop back at Ciao Flower Design's studio.

After the wonderful and eventful stroll and the flower mart, we went back to Ciao Flower Design's adorable studio. Rather than a just a simple floral shop, the studio’s decor speaks a floral designer’s space. Besides the different flowers and greenery displayed in the store, there are also hand lettered signage, a vintage flower cart and beautifully tarnished frames and mirrors, creating a vintage luxe store front, totally made me want to sip English tea while shopping for flowers!

The stairway to the second floor is my favorite; it is decorated with simple yet elegant twigs, branches and berries, creating the perfect transition to the second floor. The second floor is inviting and spacious with simple minimal decor, and it is typically for workshops or design meetings. The concrete floor, semi-exposed walls, ample natural light created the perfect organic setting for our floral workshop. The Ciao team also set up an adorable, well-decorated food bar for us. And coffee and tea, of course!

After organizing all the flowers we brought back from the market, Turkey patiently explained the different types of botanicals and methods of prepping them. He also kindly recommended a few books for designers, which we are definitely getting! 

As we munched on our lunch, Turkey demonstrated several arrangements, all using the same focal flower, hyacinth. The first was an elegant and more traditional flower bouquet with a  vibrant lovely color palette.

The second arrangement has that sprawling garden feel to it, especially with the few asymmetrical elongated pieces. 

The third and fourth arrangements are centerpieces, typically set against the wall, perhaps at your foyer or on the side of a conference room. Similarly, one centerpiece was a bit more classic and delicate whereas the other one was more organic and natural. We also learned the different methods and tricks of securing each piece in a vase.

Lastly, Turkey demonstrated two boutonnieres, and we also learned how surprisingly time consuming it is to make boutonnieres.

After a deep dive into creating different types of arrangements, it was our turn to create our own! I am typically drawn to muted tones and darker hues, so I picked dust pink roses as my focal flower and applied the knowledge we learned on layering colors and generously mixed with various greenery. 

Voila! Here is my very first bouquet. Now I’m all ready to fill my off time with trips to the flower market and load our garage with lots and lots of flowers!

We also got to take home all the stunning arrangements from Turkey and the remaining flowers and greenery. Can’t wait to visit and work with our wonderful flower friend, Ciao! Flower Design, next time we are back!!