Truly an original, as no one speaks more about color, style, and design on a daily basis than renowned floral designer and creative director Richard Kisco. His path forward into the art of floral design and all things beautiful began to bud early on. As a child and into his adolescence Richard, unbeknownst to him of course, was learning the art of Floral Design and Event Planning from the parties his parents hosted. Whether they knew it or not, Richard was being tutored in proper party etiquette everything from proper ways of folding linen napkins, types of fine china, to dining do’s and don’ts. Soon he was making homemade holiday garland out of hand trimmed pine, holly and cedar branches while also crafting hand wrapped blue spruce boughs into Christmas wreaths to give as gifts to friends and neighbors. Richard continued his education at Waynesburg University, located in western Pennsylvania. Here he studied business, however his passion for the special events industry was always present. As Historian of his fraternity, Richard continued to hone his Event Planning skills. He was charged with planning all social activities for the fraternity including the yearly Homecoming Alumni weekend, The Red Carnation Ball, Spring Fling and other themed events. After graduation, he participated in an intern program at Ohio State University while working part time in established floral shops to become eligible to attend the Bill Hickson Masters Workshop in Floral Design. Upon successful completion of this program, Richard relocated to the Princeton area and flourished fulltime in design work with established industry
In 1986, Richard opened his own floral shop – Le Fleur, The Princeton Flower Shop in Princeton, NJ. His reputation for planning stylish and one of a kind floral pieces for all types of social, corporate and private events grew. During this time, Richard was commissioned to design many high-end retail showrooms for large corporations such as GKI Bethlehem Lighting and Regency International. His work is responsible for their corporate branding still recognized today. This work allowed him to travel to Atlanta, Chicago, and New York – all renowned for their cutting edge design. This gave Richard his reputation for exceptional creativity, trend-setting design and hands-on installation with an eye for detail. He has always felt that a party needs to be designed and tailored to fit the theme and the guest of honor. A party, is of course – a celebration!
In 2011, Richard decided to “refresh” and launched Richard’s Distinctive Floral Design, a full service design studio which focuses his creativity on all elements of entertaining and events of all sizes. Richard loves his job after all these years because of the freedom it allows him to be open to design and color. Some days he can do edgy design work and other days simplistic. Every day he opens his Pandora’s box and it is a new day and a new challenge and that is what keeps it fresh!