Patrick, Onirik Designs MauritiusI started learning my trade in the early eighties, while I was waitering at the most famous Le Touessrok Hotel. I was one day, astounded by the complete transformation of the hotel public areas with spectacular flower display while arriving on duty. It was to honour the vice-President of the Republic of China official visit to the island. From that day on, I decided this was going to be my new future. Consequently I became very concerned about the floristry world and started buying accordingly. Also the woods nearby were my nurseries for flowers, ferns and twigs I picked up for free. I was self taught.  Many of my wonderful Mauritian clients realized my potentials and suggested that  I needed to expand my knowledge and fulfill myself internationally.

The resolution was to go to London, (one of  the hubs of the floristry world), therefore a stepping stone in my career. During my stay I had the amazing opportunity to work with the best floral designer, namely Ken Turner, the trendsetter, whom I met while executing a floral display in the lobby at the Grosvenor House in Mayfair. He remodelled my artistic style, taking it to a new dimension. Coming against such a "Giant" made me look very earthbound! (I thought I had it all...my mistake!).

I was gaining experience and became interested in theme and conceptual decorations, window dressing, show exhibitions...I was unstoppable!

After ten exciting years, the time had come to call it a day, I mean my journey abroad as an employee. I needed to project myself into the future, thinking about reorganizing my professional career while my main objective was for Mauritius to benefit from my expertise and be launched internationally.

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