When Constance Spry, already in her 40’s, gave up her work as a headmistress to open her first London shop, Flower Decoration, she was about to forever change the way we look at and arrange flowers. Wild and elegant, vibrant and subtle, sculptural and lush, her compositions rapidly became a sensation. In 1929, her arrangements and window displays for fragrance house Atkinsons literally stopped traffic in London’s Old Bond Street. Both classic and modern, today her work is as relevant as it was almost a century ago.She challenged the Victorian tradition eschewing the stiff arrangements of the time for more loose, relaxed designs that freely displayed all the grace and beauty of nature itself. Inspired by the Old Dutch Masters aesthetics, she revolutionised floristry incorporating unusual and then-discarded plant-materials like fruits, vegetables, branches, wild flowers and seed pods. She paired velvety red roses with kale leaves, exotic orchids with green vines. Pushing the boundaries, Spry contributed like no other to appreciate floral design as an art.