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As a dual-national, I've spent time in France since I was a baby, but I've lived mostly in the US. In a way, I'm an insider-outsider: France is deeply familiar to me, but also a place of contrasts and things that I don't understand or that surprise or refresh me. Here is a totally random list of things that inspired me this year.
The term cadavre exquis refers to the parlour game originated by the surrealist artists of the 1920s. In the game, players collectively assemble words or images to create a poem or drawing, with each player making a contribution of his own while totally unaware of the others.’ Antonio Gardoni and Bruno Fazzolari adapted the game for perfume.
In 2015, Gallery 16 Editions invited Bruno to create four distinct but interconnected print editions. These compositions are inspired by collage that the artist created during his residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
With Seyrig I wanted to explore the way that assertive glamour can be edgy and elegant. The sort of attitude I respond to in the avant garde fashion and films of the those eras: the way the voice of a certain actress both purrs and commands. I wanted to push the aldehydic blast back into the territory where it would be a little shocking again,
I'm sort of in love with my new signature stamp. For some time now I've been wanting to add a short signature or initial to my perfumes to emphasize that they are meticulously hand-made.
We sometimes confuse potency with quality... The fact is that it is easier to make a perfume which "shrieks" than one which is lovely and pleasing.
Actually, I lied. Galbanum isn’t so beautiful. Smelled straight, the essential oil is harsh and unpleasant, like acrid, chopped spinach. But galbanum has a secret identity that reveals itself in floral accords. Smell carefully and behind the spinach you’ll notice something unexpected: lushness, richness, plush velvet, moss, wax, powder.
When I tell people that I have synesthesia, they either give me blank looks or else they get a little excited, imagining a heightened psychedelic state. Synesthesia is commonly defined as "seeing sounds" or "hearing colors." But what does that actually feel like?...
I'm delighted to announce that the classic formula of Au Delà is back in stock! With the latest lot, I took the opportunity to dial up the neroli even more. I don't know if there's anything quite so gorgeous as real neroli, a steam distillation of orange flowers, it's the definition of fresh and floral...a top note to take your breath away. You won't find it in many mainstream perfumes—far too expensive...
The following interview about my work and approach appeared at ÇaFleureBon on the occasion of the release of the print and perfume project, Au Delà - Narcisse des Montagnes.