Łukasz Marcinkowski and Radek Berent, the duo behind KWIATY&MIUT
have been running their famous florist shop in Poznań for eight years, setting trends and promoting organic flower cultivation. In search for inspiration they reach back to historical sources. They have created their own recognisable style, which reveals a fascination with the paintings of old Dutch masters and iconic representations of flowers in contemporary art. In their compositions, they try to capture the natural cycle of nature, which is why they often use flowers in various stages of bloom, emphasising their fleeting beauty.
Both of them have graduated from art colleges. Radek studied photography, while Łukasz interior design, and earlier also gardening.
While running a florist shop, they got to know the dark side of industrial flower growing and decided to set up their own organic farm on the grounds of a family farm near Poznań. They started with their favourite dahlias, and today they have dozens of varieties, with plans to hybridise new varieties in the near future. In addition to dahlias, they grow over 100 different species, in line with the idea that whatever is local is always most natural.
Two years ago, they opened a Florist Academy in a renovated barn at the farm. The courses they run combine floristry and gardening knowledge in the spirit of sustainable gardening. This is the first and only workshop of its kind in Poland.
They have published two books on cut flowers and potted plants and are currently working on the third one devoted to the flowers they grow on their farm.
They have cooperated with the most important cultural institutions in arranging interiors and floral decorations for artistic and cultural events, such as the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Łazienki Królewskie Park and the National Opera, to name just a few. They have realized photo sessions for the most important fashion and lifestyle magazines.