London design studio Glithero have designed the scenography and products for an exhibition about perfumery. The exhibition Nez-à-Nez Contemporary perfumers at the Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (Mudac) in Lausanne consists of 6 bespoke installations that have been designed over 6 rooms. Each room presents a tendency from the contemporary world of perfume making, that have been identified by the curators.
Date: Friday 15 February – Sunday 16 June 2019 | Location: Mudac, Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains | Place de la Cathédrale 6, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland
Mudac called upon Glithero to create poetic and immersive installations displaying the fragrances from outstanding contemporary perfumers such as Jean-Claude Elena, Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Vero Kern, Dominique Ropion and Isabelle Doyen.
The challenge of this exhibition was to make the immateriality of the perfumes tangible. This is particularly ambitious within a museological context, where the visual input is often given center stage. Glithero’s response was to present the fragrances in ways that require the visitor to engage in novel ways but that leave room for the evocative impressions of the perfumes.
For example, in a room that brings together perfumers are known for their innovative approach, the perfumes are contained in conical glass vessels that are kept closed by a ping pong ball tethered to a large helium-filled balloon.
The visitors can access the perfume by pulling down on the string of the balloon so that the seal is opened. In another room that brings to together perfumers known for the being flamboyant and extrovert, the perfumes are presented in scented fans that emerge out of tables.
A centerpiece of the exhibition is a stained glass window, designed by Glithero, for the room of perfumers who draw inspiration from historic formulas. The window, depicting perfume bottles through the ages, creates a flood of coloured light that travels through space by day and occasionally brushes over the vessels of scent.
Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (Mudac) in Lausanne has worked closely with experts from the olfactory magazine Nez to select the fragrances and curate the exhibition. They present the perfumer’s art at three different levels. Firstly presenting evocative installations presenting the common themes that unite work of two or three perfumers. Secondly, to express the individual creator’s experience in interview testimonials. And lastly by introducing general information about the craft and the possibility to dive deeper into the subject in the exhibitions’ central reading room.
[Photographer Credit: Daniela Droz and Tonatiuh Ambrosetti]
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