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New York's Top Florists and Floral Designers

by allison polster | February 16, 2012 | Lifestyle

1 - New York's Top Florists and Floral Designers
Pink ranunculus from Belle Fleur

Banchet Flowers
Owner Banchet Jaigla favors clean, trendy designs and bouquets that go beyond roses and hydrangeas. Her flowers and vases are imported from countries such as Holland, New Zealand, and Thailand. Customers can surrounded themselves with Jaigla’s creations (and warm up with a drink) at the neighboring Flower Bar event space. 809 Washington St., 212-989-1088;

Belle Fleur
Meredith Waga Perez creates refined, feminine arrangements with a modern sensibility; she recently developed a line of home fragrances, bath and body products, and candles celebrating her love of flowers. Her creations focus on European blooms and, according to Perez, “The color palette remains monochromatic and the silhouette is clustered and robust.” 134 Fifth Ave., 212-254-8703;

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Bloom Flowers
Bloom ventures beyond its breathtaking luxury arrangements with an array of lifestyle items including furniture and gifts. Though its products are varied, Bloom “is a point of view–one which is both modern and elegant,” says owner Kim Perrone. 541 Lexington Ave., 212-832- 8094

Elan Flowers
Surprises abound in Elan Flowers’ designs. The eclectic garden arrangements incorporate unexpected elements such as pods, berries, pinecones, cabbage, and kale. Says Samantha Greiff, manager and designer, “We like using elements that people have not seen before,” to create conversation pieces. 148 Duane St., 212-240-9033

Flora New York
The architect David Hu designed Flora’s Tribeca boutique to brilliantly showcase Jeff Chen’s spectacular floral designs, which marry simplicity with Asianinspired, mixed-media elements. 85 Franklin St., 212-274-1887

Lewis Miller Design
Lewis Miller Design creates large-scale floral arrangements for parties and other functions, dreaming up memorable decorations out of its East Village studio. The top-tier florist has worked with some of the biggest clients in New York, including Gucci and The Whitney Museum. 441 E. 12th St., 212-614-2734

MagnaFlora’s new Park Slope atelier “specializes in unusual blooms,” one-of-a-kind arrangements, and flowers from overseas. For Valentine’s Day, creative director Mauro Gomes elevates the traditional gift of roses by offering Black Baccara roses from Holland. “The quality outdoes anything,” he says. 411 Third Ave., Brooklyn, 212-401-7840

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Michael George
In 1980 Michael George accidentally discovered the style that would define his career. After washing tulips, “they twirled like bar straws or pencils in a glass” when dropped in a vase. The simple arrangements with twirled stems and monochromatic flowers became George’s signature and influenced floral design worldwide. Five Tudor City Place, 212-883-0304

Miho Kosuda
Simple, uniform flowers define the style at this fashion-industry favorite, a small mother-daughter operation run by Miho and her daughter, Carol. 310 E. 44th St., 212-922-9122

Polux Fleuriste
Now a floral design studio, Polux Fleuriste produces some of the most spectacular arrangements in Manhattan. Call ahead to meet with the mastermind behind the lifestyle and floral concept, Anouchka Martin, for a vintage aesthetic and designs that “embrace both the rough and delicate textures of flowers.” 110 Clifton Place, Ste. 2D, Brooklyn, 347-767-6780

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