Makoto Azuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki were born in Japan. Together they opened the on-demand “haute couture” flower shop JARDINS des FLEURS in the Ginza district in 2002. The shop is currently located in Minami-Aoyama.
Around 2005 they launched a second line of operations when Azuma invented the genre “botanical sculpture” and Shiinoki captured those creations in his photographs. Following a solo exhibition in New York, his audacious works have been repeatedly shown in Europe. He set up the experimental botanical lab Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyujo (AMKK) in 2009, and went on to exhibit his works at art museums, galleries and public spaces in all over
In recent years, Azuma has been focusing on projects that explore the connections between human beings and flowers.