Artist and designer Azuma Makoto (previously here and here) was born in 1976 and runs a haute couture flower shop called JARDINS des FLEURS in Moto-Azabu, Tokyo. His work with plants and flowers also extends into personal artistic practice and client work where he creates a wide variety of sculptures, installations and objects using tress, leaves, moss, and other plants both organic and artificial. One of his most recent exhibitions, Collapsible Leaves at Eye of Gyre Gallery involved a remarkable collection of suspended and mounted sculptures made of tightly folded and layered leaves. The pieces are unique in that I imagine they must have required rapid assembly a single leaf at a time, and yet look as if they are naturally occurring objects. If you’re just learning about Makoto’s work for the first time, be sure to also check out his suspended trees and other private works.