Taking cues from the order and disarray he sees in the natural world, Max Gill’s designs range from abundant and rustic to elegant and traditional to clean and modern.
“I’m always botanically inspired. What I find most beautiful in nature is when plants are struggling to find their place in the environment, overcoming challenges of space and light, often surprising us with their juxtapositions, the way they create beauty through adaptation.”
This ability to improvise and create striking combinations has been apparent in Max’s work at Chez Panisse, Quince, Zuni, Pizzaiolo and at private events for clients like Alice Watters, Michael Pollan and Lauren McIntosh.
In addition to creating lush, festive settings for special occasions of all kinds, Max does consider bridal bouquets to be among his very favorite assignments. “I love to learn about the brides’ taste and personality and then translate that into a very natural bouquet, one that has some movement, some flow.” Over the years, Max has cultivated a large and diverse cutting garden where many unusual gems provide inspiration as well as material for many of his creations.
A resident of Berkeley since 1982, Max graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Science. A floral designer for over ten years, his work has been featured in House and Garden’s “Fifty for the Future of Design” issue as well as The Selby, Elegant Bride, Diablo Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings and Sunset Magazine. He was also profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle as well as The 50-Mile Bouquet by Deborah Prinzing,