Scent becomes tactile, taking on shape, colour and texture, in an intriguing collaboration between artist Zuza Mengham and fragrance maker Laboratory Perfumes.
For each of the perfume brand’s five gender-neutral fragrances:
Mengham created a different crystal-shaped resin sculpture to respond to its complex notes. The result is a melange of shades and hues, speckles and spots, whirls and waves. For Samphire, whose scent notes reach deep into the sea, Mengham sculpted a piece whose tinted layers create a water-like effect. Amber, a fresh scent with woody undertones, inspired a sculpture that features a clear green tip melded with a reddish-brown base.
A tactual combination of angles and smooth planes, each sculpture offers a range of strikingly different viewpoints, encapsulating the many-faceted character of each perfume. ‘It would be impossible to make a fixed representation of a fragrance,’ Mengham says. ‘Different ingredients will be more or less influential to different people and their own visceral associations.’ Still, her scent-inspired sculptures universally instill a craving to touch them and somehow breathe them in. Fresh New Colors in perfumes are inspired from the highest grade Pantone tcx books.