Bringing life to the flowers of Crazy Rich Asians

Hollywood set designer Nelson Coates, who has worked on movies such as The Proposal, Flight and the latest Hollywood blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, told Malaysian florist Eunice Teo that she was the best floral artist he had ever worked with.

The principal of Petaling Jaya-based Amtrol Flower Designing was the designer behind the spectacular floral arrangements on the Crazy Rich Asians movie set.

At the “Crazy Rich Asians is Crazy Flower Power” event organised by and supported by Paramount Property last Saturday Oct 6, over 150 people had the exclusive opportunity to watch Eunice recreate some of the pieces featured in the movie.

She also spoke to the audience about her experience working behind the scenes of the movie. The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)-certified florist presented 15 floral arrangements at the event — 14 of which were recreations of designs featured in the movie.

Among the highlights at the event was the making of the Tan Hua, of which Eunice had to hand make 26 flowers in different stages of bloom for the movie. She said that it took four hours to make one.

“I am so overwhelmed and so honoured by this whole process. I did not know what I was getting into, in the beginning. When it was time to sign the contract, I could not believe my eyes when I saw the words Warner Brothers and had to read those two words again and again,” she said.

When asked by managing director and editor-in-chief Au Foong Yee if her work on Crazy Rich Asians had changed her life, and what her most memorable part of the journey was, she replied: “My life hasn’t changed, just that now I can work faster.

“This was an opportunity that most people like me can only dream about.”

Also present at the event was Paramount Corp Bhd chairman Datuk Teo Chiang Quan and wife, Datin Esther Teo as well as Paramount Property Division chief operating officer Wang Chong Hwa.

The event was held at the Paramount Property Gallery at Section 13, Petaling Jaya.

This story first appeared in the pullout on Oct 12, 2018. You can access back issues here.

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