The Interrogator with Emily Buckner

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It is a real talent to improve upon what some would consider the unimprovable. Emily Buckner, who runs New York City botanical studio FLWR Studio, pushes the potential of natural beauty into the next realm. Her creations are compact landscapes with an artful and architectural eye, less arranged than they are designed. In her bouquets, every square inch is an exercise in contrast: the crinkle of a petal, the waxy shine of a leaf. A collision of disparate beauty.

Buckner founded FLWR Studio in 2016, following a career that danced around the arts while never putting Buckner’s current talents on display. For a spell, the Aussie-born art history major worked as a modern and contemporary art specialist for Artnet. From there, she moved into representing artists on the management/agency side. Buckner’s work as a florist is both an expected and unexpected departure, an extension of a proper education in aesthetics.

Today, Buckner’s work sits center stage–ephemeral art meant to behold but briefly. Each job offers a fresh opportunity for invention. In two short years, Buckner has dreamed up verdant scenes for Chloe, Dior, Prada, Calvin Klein, and Net-a-Porter, to name just a few. With spring arrived, we thought there’d be no better person to kick off a season of lush landscapes, both natural and lovingly enhanced. Below, we head to FLWR Studio to talk Franz Kline, overrated noodles, and transportive Spotify sessions you’ll likely never see.

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Place of residence:

The East Village in Manhattan. Equal parts gritty and charming.

Current occupation:

Owner and principal designer at FLWR.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Growing flowers on a farm with my man, somewhere close to the ocean.

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Quote to live by:

I have my dad to thank for this: “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” – Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata.”

First job you ever had:

I’ve always been really independent. I took my first job selling fruit (a very good Italian…) at the tender age of 14 and three quarters–as soon as I was legally able.

Least favorite part of your day:

Hauling flowers from market to my studio. I’m not a big fan of car rides in the city.

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Windows down, the song you’re playing is:

Driving with my sister: Zeppelin, Creedence, The Kinks. Rock ‘n’ roll, always.

Three guilty pleasures:

As an immigrant, I listen to a lot of music to feel closer to my family. I indulge some serious Sting & KD Lang to feel connected to my mum–generally a private Spotify session.

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?

Oooopf, that would drive me insane. I’m more of a music gal. I could listen to “Anemone” by Brian Jonestown Massacre for eternity. It’s been almost 20 years since I first heard the song and it still gets at least one play a day.

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You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

I might have to find a bit more cash to nab myself a Franz Kline.

Plane, train or automobile for a trip?

Plane. I’m an Aussie–family first, always.

What is your favorite trip?

I spent two weeks in Italy with my family last year. Sunshine, copious amounts of pasta and wine with my best friends. It was glorious!


Personal travel ethos:

Be open-minded, and be sure to travel with friends that possess a similar spirit.

Drink of choice:

If I’m really going for it, definitely a Negroni.

Beach house or tree house:

Beach house, 100%.

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Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

At home with my mama and nonna – spaghetti bol. They’re both excellent cooks.

What is the best news you ever received?

My brother just welcomed his baby girl earth-side. My heart exploded as soon as I laid eyes on her!

Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.

Ramen. I really can’t wrap my head around it.

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Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to.

The first gig I ever went to was a Silver Chair show. I was 12 and madly in love with Daniel Johns.

Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?

For peace of mind: my yoga mat and reiki healer. She’s pure magic. For inspiration: MoMA. I’m an art history major; that place is like heaven for me.

Photos by Atisha Paulson for SIXTY Hotels

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in Cereal, Lenny Letter, and more.