Concrete by Comme des Garçons: Architecture + Perfume


Kate Apted


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In researching the link between architecture and perfume, a lot is made of linking a smell with a place, or trying to recreate the scent of the inside of a building. I think it is too far a literal understanding of the two. I believe there is a more subtle joining that allows each their artistic and symbolic existence aside from the other, yet in mutual complimentarity.

Architecture + Perfume

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Bauhaus Influence on Perfumery


Kate Apted


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Bauhaus celebrates its first centenary this year. Its influence is all around us in all aspects of life. Quality products with pleasing aesthetics for the everyday people. It is an ethos seemingly embraced by many of our most prominent industry leaders. Think of Ikea, the humble Nissan car, Apple’s take from Braun household item designs and the ubiquitous road sign typography. But what effect, if any, did the Gropius managed movement have on perfumery?

Bauhaus Influence on Perfumery© CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

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Louis Vuitton Presents the Milan City Guide

Yoo HOO!

Whether you love to travel or you love to watch short pieces about travel then the Louis Vuitton Travel Guides are excellent under 3 minute extravaganzas of interesting things you’d probably never think to do when traveling to particular cities, and new ways to look at the city when you get there.

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I have not yet made it to Milan but now it has jumped to a place in my Top 10.
Portia xx

Louis Vuitton Presents the Milan City Guide

Zaha Hadid Architects – City of Dreams Hotel Tower Macau

Hey Y’All,

This is TOTALLY off topic. Here is a short video on how to make almost every other building built before look dated, retro and bland. From the woman who brought you the Cinese Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, the German BMW Central Building, the Taiwanese Guggenheim Museum and MANY others.

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Melita points out below that Zaha Hadid also designed the Donna Karan Woman bottle. A lovely piece of art on its own.

Zaha Hadid is the first woman and first Muslim to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Wait till you see the gorgeous Hotel she has designed for Macau.

Portia xx

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Zaha Hadid Architects – City of Dreams Hotel Tower Macau