Scent is attracting the attention of the design world. At last September’s Maison & Objet, for instance, Tom Dixon showed four extraordinary products, from a lookalike brick to a jug, that dispensed his London scent (“the smell of red brick and London parks and the salty aroma of the Thames at Dagenham”).
Other designers too are coming up with stylish objets that diffuse fragrance. January’s Maison & Objet saw Italian brand Kartell, makers of many iconic pieces of furniture (most memorably Philippe Starck’s Ghost chair in 2002), launch a collection combining “sophisticated home fragrances with home decor items”, all imbued with the long-established Kartell aesthetic.
The intriguing designs are far removed from the usual run of candle containers and reed diffusers. There are seven pieces, from the gorgeous vase-shaped Ming (£124, first picture), punctured with holes, to the Pop Up (£124, second picture), a striking tower of layered rings that swivel out from a central column to diffuse extra fragrance. Colours range from rich burgundy and Prussian blue to pure white.
As for the scents – available as candles, vaporisers, capsules and reeds – the company enlisted eminent “noses” from respected fragrance development houses. There are eight in total, including Ghost Diamond (grapefruit, jasmine and precious woods), Noir (amber, wood and leather notes) and Ad-Ren-Aline (peppery with a patchouli base).