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Han Le Han

Han Le Han Flower designer
German, English
By appointment only
+49 17640493262
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The sensual side of ikebana

  • • Han learned the art of flower arrangement in Japan
  • • She was a researcher in East Asian art history
  • • She draws inspiration from the most basic things

Born in Germany to Vietnamese parents of Chinese ancestry, Han Le Han grew up in Dusseldorf, “in a dark apartment with neither balcony nor garden,” she recalls. “Behind the flat there was an ugly parking lot, where my mother begun to grow potted plants. I used to watch her from the window and was fascinated by the way flowers could transform such a gloomy place into something nice." Years later, creating beauty through flowers has become her job. “It happened almost by chance”, she admits. “I was a researcher in East Asian art history. I had never thought of becoming a flower designer. But then people saw my ikebana on Instagram and started asking for commissions. So I ended up quitting my job and opening my own studio in Berlin."

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Photo: ©Han Le Han
Free style ikebana

Free style ikebana arrangement composed of Chrysanthemum, Chlorophytum (spider plant), Limonium, Vaccinium myrtillus (blueberry), and a crescent-shaped ceramic vessel. The work expresses the perseverance of flowers to withstand a harsh winter.

Photo: ©Han Le Han
Free style ikebana/2

Free style ikebana arrangement composed of Ismene (Peruvian daffodil), small Gerbera, Ornithogalum (star-of-Bethlehem), Hosta, and Silene coronaria (rose campion) in a brown ceramic vessel, giving the feeling of soothing shade on a hot summer day.

Photo: ©Han Le Han
Free style ikebana/3

Free style ikebana arrangement representing spring in full bloom. it's composed of Amelanchier (shadbush), Heuchera (coral bells), Muscari (grape hyacinth), and a blue rectangular ceramic basin.

Photo: ©Han Le Han
Shōka sanshuike ikebana

Ikebana arrangement in shōka sanshuike form, a formalized style in which three different kinds of materials are combined. It’s composed of Anthurium, Weigela and Viola (pansy), arranged into a blue ceramic vase set on a lacquered board

Photo: ©Martin Monk
Free style ikebana/4

Free style ikebana arrangement made of Zantedeschia (calla), Chrysanthemum and Rhododendron root into a round ceramic basin. This work’s emphasis lies on the general vigor of the plants which is conveyed through an expressive interaction of lines.

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