You might say that Lisa Waud, founder of Michigan’s Pot & Box, has floral and horticultural design covered from petal to stem. For the last six years, she has worked a feverish trifecta of floral arrangement, horticultural decor, and event design. Lisa’s keen eye for style and beauty, plus her creativity and wit, has allowed her to leave a flower-laden trail of satisfied customers. With her love of danceable tunes, we asked Lisa to let her sonic tastes bloom for this week’s Playlist. Check it out.
What do you listen to while you work?
A completely normal day at the studio is sixteen-or-so hours of flower arranging. I function best when my music mirrors my energy levels from morning into the evening — a lo-fi, electronic, repetitious back beat, an eighties (or eighties-influenced) pop song, some obscure Motown mix, or a little from the gravely glorious Tom Waits.
How do you listen?
If I’m working remotely on my computer and I need to really focus, I am all about my noise-canceling headphones. They’re the squishy pleather earmuff kind, and when those are on, it’s business time.
If I’m working from home, it’s all vinyl, all day. There’s just something so endearing about the sound of that needle. My record collection is more David Bowie, Velvet Underground, and Air Supply than my digital library. No, wait. Did I just admit I like Air Supply?
If I’m in the studio, it’s the Bose computer speakers, turned up, all the way. Sometimes I miss a phone call it’s so loud. But I always return the call, always deliver those flowers.
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers?
Some of my most favorite music has come from a couple of lovely blogs I follow: For Me, For You and Miss Moss. Their suggestions are always exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for. I also love a good Facebook call-out for music recommendations. I know something solid is coming out of that comment thread, right?
Does music influence your work?
Absolutely, though indirectly. If I’ve recently gone to a Little Dragon show, or seen the LCD Soundsystem documentary, it will come out in my designs. I’ll sway more contemporary, or buy more silver vases.
I only wish I would have come up with the idea that they’re doing over at Design*Sponge, called “Sound Garden,” where floral designer Sarah Brysk Cohen creates a design inspired by an album cover. I mean, come ON. That’s brilliant. Maybe I’ll do it anyway. A Motown version.
If your work was a song or a musician, what or who would it be?
Wow. I guess I’d say my work would be the band Little Dragon: a strong female lead, can’t sit still when it’s underway, and like they describe their music, my work is very much a dreamy, rhythmical, shifting, moody rainbow.
The ideal place to sit and listen to your playlist: Well, if I do say so myself, I would claim my playlist is best listened to in the classic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, in white ash.
I imagine driving up north to listen to my mix on my dad’s giant headphones with a view of the lake, in an Eames Lounge Chair. If, IF, I ever stopped working long enough, that would be a lovely thing.
Do you have a favorite Herman Miller piece?
My first Herman Miller piece is a bit of a “Gift of the Magi” story. I had just started my business and was gardening non-stop. One of my clients was redecorating her home office and we worked out a trade: her Aeron Chair for garden hours. My boyfriend at the time was a web designer, and coveted a comfortable work chair. You can imagine his surprise when his birthday rolled around and I rolled in the crème de la crème for him.
1. Parallel Lines, Junior Boys
2. Rose Quartz, Toro y Moi
3. New Theory, Washed Out
4. A Little Less Conversation, Elvis Presley
5. Lights Out, Words Gone, Bombay Bicycle Club
6. I Can Change, LCD Soundsystem
7. Go Outside, Cults
8. Nothing’s the Matter, Fthrsn
9. Trouble In Mind, Magnolia Electric Company
10. Feather, Little Dragon
11. Space Is Only Noise If You Can See, Nicolas Jaar
12. Take On Me, A-Ha
13. Sugar, Stevie Wonder
Photos: Caryn Noel & Lisa Waud