The 7th annual Jardins, Jardin show in the Tuileries, Paris, took place June 4-6 and, as usual, the French managed to stage perfect weather to go with the perfect setting -- for the preview evening the sun shone and champagne (courtesy of Laurent Perrier) flowed. Many exhibitors seemed to have been influenced by a surreal mood and an Alice-through-the-Looking-Glass effect rippled throughout the show.
Witch hazel, which blooms in the middle of winter, is a natural remedy for the wintertime blues. With flowers that resemble delicate bits of yellow, copper, or red ribbon, witch hazel is not only a burst of color, but can also produce a delicious and powerful fragrance in the icy air. Plus: We list six of our favorite witch hazel varieties.
Botanic motifs flourished in Victorian design, and typography was no exception. Ornate filigree details and calligraphic embellishments were often designed as stylized flowers, leaves, and even trees, around the alphabet characters. We look at the story behind several typefaces inspired by the natural world.