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Kenzopower by Kenya Hara

Although most Japanese don’t care about fragrances, last end of July, there was an event to announce the launch of Kenzopower at the former Tomyoji Temple in my hometown Naka Ward, Yokohama. Kenya Hara, one of the most prominent creative minds (and my favorite packaging designer) in Japan, worked on the packaging of this new Kenzo fragrance. Continue Reading




この数年でファインフレグランスの世界もフランシス クルクジャン/Francis Kurkdjian、クリストフ ロダミエル/Christophe Laudamielといったクリエーターとして強い自己主張ができる若手調香師の台頭により少しづつ変化しつつあります。彼等のような若手達は、それ以前のパフューマー(調香師)にはなかった、しばしば人気ファッションデザイナーに見受けられるようなスター的な側面を持っています。

このブログで特に焦点を当てているのは、こういったファインフレグランスの世界を今後変えていってくれるであろうパフューマー(調香師)なのです。「調香師が目立って何が悪い」というのは私の口癖ですが、その気持ちはこのブログを立ち上げる目的となったメイド バイ ブログという香水企画プロジェクトにも反映されているわけです。


ファインフレグランス界の高田賢三/Kenzo、三宅一生/Issey Miyakeの出現を楽しみにしながらこのブログを続けています。


2年程前に、クリストフ ロダミエル/Christophe Laudamielの大きな記事がニューヨーク・タイムズに掲載されました。ここにあるクリストフの写真が日曜版雑誌のページ全面に掲載される扱いだったと言えば、パフューマー(調香師)という仕事がかなり世間に知られてきていることがお分かり頂けるでしょう。この記事が掲載される数ヶ月前にクリストフの事をブログに書きましたので、それも是非御覧ください。

Where Passion Comes First

A wind tunnel by Renzo Piano, assembly lines by Jean Nouvel, and a restaurant by MDN (Marco Visconti & Partners) – Ferrari has invested more than €200,000,000 since 1997 for the renovation of their facilities in Maranello, Italy.

In the early ’80s, I took a job at Nissan’s assembly line for the export model of Nissan Z-car in Hiratsuka, Japan. Day and night shifts alternated each week. My job was to grind off hundreds of rough edges created by spot welding on the body of Nissan 280ZX, wearing a protective full suit connected to an air hose. I had approximately 150 seconds to run around the body of a car, which was moving towards the next section of the line, removing all the rough edges using a relatively big air grinder and having two air hoses around myself, one attached to the hood covering my entire head and the other connected to the grinder. I would get yelled at by a supervisor once in a while for making a small scratch on the unpainted hood. If I had a day without making a scratch on any of the 170 car bodies that went through the line, the day was glorious. I’m sure things at Japanese car manufacturers have become safer and nicer since then.

I remember that my coworkers on the same assembly line were talking about retirement often. Everybody was trying to find a way to get out of there as early as possible since stamina and speed were the first things you needed to end each day safely. The chatting took place during the 10-minute break or lunch break, in a small booth next to the line or at a huge cafeteria without sufficient light. Everyday when I walked through the enormous dark facilities to get to my assembly line, I wondered how a company like Nissan, which was exporting nice cars to the United Arab Emirates and North America, could let their workers be in an overly depressing environment.

Looking at these images of the new facilities of Ferrari makes me want to work in their assembly line again. It’s utterly glorious.

» Image gallery and article @ Car Body Design