Maurice Harris Makes Magic With Plants for Maya Rudolph and More Stars

Maurice Harris is not your typical florist. The Los Angeles–based proprietor of Bloom and Plume makes arrangements that are more akin to art installations, and on his new show, Centerpiece, which premiered May 18 on the new streaming platform Quibi, he’s finding inspiration from some of his fellow creatives.

On each episode (a new one will be rolled out each day until May 26), Harris first chats with his guest and then creates an intricate vignette for them which reflects their personal creative aura. Fans can expect to see deep conversations with Rashida Jones, Maya Rudolph, Tessa Thompson, Moses Sumney, Melina Matsoukas (director of Queen and Slim and of the music video for Beyoncé’s “Formation”), Kerby Jean-Raymond, and Jeremy O. Harris.

a woman sitting in a green boat with flowers around it

“I love a flower that looks like it’s plastic, but it’s not,” says comedian Maya Rudolph on her episode of Centerpiece. “Bright. So bright that [you] are like, ‘Is that a flower?’”

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Below, Harris gives AD his take on creativity, art, and the healing power of flowers.

Architectural Digest: When you interview the guests on the show, what are you trying to get at in order to find inspiration for their flower installation? With Maya Rudolph, for example, the conversation got pretty deep.

Maurice Harris: She really can do a lot of different things, and I don’t necessarily think as a culture we take pause to understand what it takes to be one of those people. The most beautiful things often come out of very dark places. I think there is something really beautiful in that. As a creative myself that does a bunch of different things, I know that that comes out of my wanting to belong or wanting to be seen and wanting to be acknowledged and get affirmation from my peers. I don’t think that I’m unique in that need. So I am kind of looking for things that I see in myself that I want to be celebrated in other people.

AD: When working with clients outside of the show, do you ask them the same kinds of questions?

MH: It’s a little different. I’d say the approach is more about the space, how they live in the space, and who they are. But there also is a similarity there, because before I can do any party or project, I have to meet the client myself. I have to go to the space or see really detailed photos. I have to know what they are trying to accomplish. I am a very sensitive, intuitive person. [My astrological sign is] a double Cancer, and I feel a lot and sometimes it can be very oppressive. Other times it is super beautiful. For example, when I went to Patrick and Jillian Dempsey’s house for the first time—the one that was featured in AD—as soon as the gates opened, I fell in love with that place. I felt like I was transported to another place. As I walked the space I kind of just knew what to do when I did the flowers for them.