Botanical Illustration meets design

I just love old botanical illustrations, don’t you? They were created with so much attention to detail to truly reflect and document nature, merging art and science. Lately they have become quite a trend and we’ve all seen it in some or other form, from framed wall art to wallpaper similar to this image below that I recently styled for Elle Decoration.

In the rest of this post, I’ve put together a selection of images merging together botanical art with modern day designs from décor to fashion all drawing inspiration form nature. Hope you love looking at it as much as I enjoyed grouping them together!

Image above: Photographed by Inge Prins, styled for Elle Decoration. Tape some pressed flowers on top of botanical photocopied prints onto a wall for a special event or home decoration. (Tip: Press the flowers for a day or 2 between thick books.) 


Image above left: William Morris Woodland Weeds Wallpaper Block print England, 19th century. Image above right: Suitcases refurbished with floral fabric.


Image above left: Illustration by Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826). Image above right: Taped flowers


Image above left: Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) ‘Canterbury Bells, Campanula medium’ 1787 Watercolour on vellum. Image above right: Ceramic Dinner Plate (R59) available from Weylandts.


These tiles and vases by Studio Glithero re-interprets the Blueprinting process, invented by chemist and botanist John Hershel in 1840 in search of new tools for explorers to document new species.


Image above left: Sepia botanical artwork available from Image above right: via smallspacesblog.


Image above left:  Enlarged botanical prints. Photographer: William Waldron. Via: Elle Decor. Image above right: Botanical print dress from Saksfifthavenue.


 Image above left: By Ernst Haeckel; Image above right: Lin Pavillion by  Marc Fornes for Thieverymany


Image above left:  Illustration (unknown author). Image above right:  “Pear” basin by Patricia Urquiola. 


Image above left:  Illustration by Adele Morosini Rossetti. Image above right: “5’O Clock chair” by Niki Zupanc for Moooi. 


 Image above left: Illustration (unknown author). Printable version available here.  Image above right: “Flower Bloom Hanging Lamp” available from Weylandts.


 Image above left: Botanical wall art. Image above right: Botanical day bag available from Forevernew.


Image top left: Illustration unknown author. Image top right: Fabric from the Arles collection, Designers Guild. Image above: Floral printed outfit


Image above left: Illustration from the late 1800’s (author unknown). Printable version available here. Image top right: Floral tights via Image above right: Pretty floral handbag.


Image above left: Wallpaper designed by William Morris Rose, 1883 available at Image above middle: Pots refurbished with floral fabric. Image above right: Wallpaper designed by Linda Florence.


Image above left:  Botanical book cover. Image top right: Floral nail art. Image above right: “Botanical Beauty” flat shoes available from Modcloth.


Image above left:  “Artichoke” wallpaper designed by John Henry Dearle for William Morris and Co., circa 1897. Image above right: Floral lanterns.


Image above left: Illustration by Johann Wilhelm Weinmann available from Image top right: “Miss Lacy”, a small armchair with a floral-patterned body cast in stainless steel by Philippe Starck designed for Driade. Image above right: Floral pattern outfit from Topshop.


Image top left: Illustration by Robert Thornton available from Image top right: Cape Aloe Duck  fabric from T&Ck. Images above (left & right): Aloe Aristata scatter cushion & Aloe St Verde scatter cusion both available from Weylandts.


Image top left: Illustration(author unknown). Image top right: Romantic Floral Scarf duvet available from Urban Outfitters. Image bottom: Paper wreath by Dana Barbieri.


Feature image credits: Photography by Inge Prins, Styled by myself (Joan Viljoen) & Laureen Rossoux for Elle Decoration.