“It is natural for me to need aesthetic environment and to feel passion for its creation. I call my work to be my genuine vocation,” – says the Lithuanian florist Mantas Petruškevičius, who compares his artistic craft and efforts to create it to the haute couture collections.
Mantas Petruškevičius is capable of creating harmonious environment even under minimalist conditions, even when he knows that his surroundings are temporary and ephemeral – nevertheless, all the objects around him will have subtle form, colour, facture and aroma. He was sixteen when he presented his floral collection of clothes in Vilnius hotel “Stikliai”. The collection was noticed and appreciated by the then First Lady Alma Adamkienė. Later Mantas was contributing creatively to charitable events organized by this woman. It was a challenge and a solid statement made by him in the country that has lost sense of beauty during the Soviet times that esthetical needs should be manifested in our celebrations and daily life.
Mantas has a real gift to decorate interior and acts as a painter, who is able to ensure vitality and dynamics of the already finished picture by a single brushstroke. He is very attentive and demanding for all the details, even minor ones, and is able to express his talent anywhere – in the spacious interior of luxurious city restaurants, hotels, castles and manors and in the minimalist niches preferred by a group of several people, who want to preserve their privacy.
Mantas Petruškevičius has a unique quality to receive each customer and client personally and to listen to their needs individually. Mantas sees decoration of any event – birth, solid anniversary, introduction of new menu of some restaurant or opening of high-class boutique – as an opportunity for a new creative performance.
The essential work criteria of the florist-decorator are the following: client’s individuality and status; occasion and guests; geographical and historical location of the event; cultural significance of interior, heritage and its correlation with modern life. Mantas Petruškevičius is in his element when he needs to relate creative historicity to the reflections of modern life while translating main ideas of celebration – cosiness, solemnity and beauty of the moment – into actions.
Mantas Petruškevičius finds his inspiration in the Renaissance, the Baroque, as well as in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles that blossomed in the beginning of the 20th century and that can be encountered in numerous Parisian interiors. The style of celebration and surrounding architecture serve as essential criteria that determine graphical image, colour and form of the created bouquets.
When Mantas is decorating place for certain occasion, he gives special attention to the table as an important part of general culture, thus the landscape he creates is often affected by menu and treating ritual of the entire celebration.