May 27, 2015

COLOUR AS A NARRATIVE: An architectural & olfactive collaboration





Colour as a Narrative. An architectural & olfactive collaboration between Illuminum London and Antonino Cardillo, exploring the relationship between scent, colour and texture.

Continued curves give way to irregularity. The environment in which we experience shapes the encounter where each fragrance is encapsulated within its miniature world, each unique and independently discoverable.

Texture and colour are deeply embedded in our perception of scent. Dry, rounded, cold, cutting… Describing a scent through tex- tures can often feel more relevant than quoting an ingredient.

An enveloping irregular texture made from volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius offers almost surreal acoustics, whilst giving respite to the glaring lights and bombardment found in beauty halls.

Stripping away learnt associations built around graphics, names and ingredients encourages a more physical and intuitive experi- ence of scent; the components of which (fragrance oils) are originally sourced from the earth.

Our attention focuses on the physical and our sensitivity to the fragrances is amplified, encouraging our interpretations to become less linear and more intuitive. As in the natural world, our grotto offers seclusion, protection but also a stable atmosphere. The air within is unpolluted by volatile flying molecules as each fragrance is captured, as if suspended in time within its own habitation.

Whilst light and reflections from the exterior world play with the irregular surfaces of grey, the thirty-seven different hues experienced through the nose take centre stage.


Colour as a Narrative will be present in Illuminum London 1st May – 31st October 2015

41 Dover St, Mayfair, W1S 4NS
Monday – Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday 11am – 6pm


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