Ten Kate Flowers & Decorations
Ten Kate Flowers & Decorations is a company where everything revolves around natural beauty. Since 1970, Tom Hutten has been active with his hobby: nature! The biggest source of inspiration we have. What is better than working with living materials and to be able to work on your hobby every day? Making artworks of flowers and plants. The best job in the world! The biggest compliment you will receive for a decoration is that you will see how much people enjoy it.
Tom Hutten took over Ten Kate Flower & Decorations in 1978 and expanded it to a company of world class within the flower sector. Since 1999, Ten Kate has been active on international fairs, events and private parties.
The export of services consists of giving advice for the decoration of fairs, events or parties. A complete package in which flowers and plants are the core business. It all started in 1995 at TEFAF in Basel. Afterwards, Art Basel and several different events and fairs in Germany, Belgium, France have followed quickly and since 2016, the USA can be added to the list.
For over 30 years, Ten Kate has been a permanent partner of the most important art fair in the world the TEFAF in Maastricht. This fair is all about experience. The flower arrangements by Ten Kate contribute to this significantly. More than 20,000 flowers are used for the largest flower arrangements that have to be replaced twice during the fair. During the entire duration of the fair, they use 150,000 flowers.
In 2016, TEFAF started an extra fair in New York. Ten Kate was asked to deliver the flower arrangements. Tom: “It was very complex in terms of rules and regulations. But when we had understood all that, we had decorated a beautiful fair with lots of positive reactions. We now have our own storage in New York. The TEFAF New York is organised twice a year, in spring and in fall.”
Tom Hutten has arranged his business’ succession. His inspiration, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are woven into the DNA of his son Bastiaan and daughter Joachime. Both have increasingly taking over more tasks in recent years. Tom: “The changing time spirit keeps you alert, we know what is going on in the sector and we are leaders in flower decorations.” Bastiaan and Joachime Hutten will expand Ten Kate Flowers & Decorations by means of their expertise and talent.