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Wednesday Links

01/07: A breathtaking design for Louvre Abu Dhabi by Nathalie Crinière.
» designboom

01/06: Among Harry’s “Architecture This Week” at MoCo Loco, we found our ultimate dream house at the end of the list. The perfect location, design, and the name… life cannot be better than living in this house.
» MoCo Loco

01/06: Toyo Ito’s SUMIKA Pavilion is one of the concept architectures for the “SUMIKA Project” by TOKYO GAS Co., Ltd.
» Judit Bellostes

01/05: We are intrigued by this art.
» today and tomorrow

12/30 (2008): We almost missed this one. This quiet but compelling design by Charles Pictet Architecte is a beautiful ‘collision’ between new and old.
» Sub-Studio Design Blog

Scentsation 2008

The best thing happened to the fragrance industry in 2008 was the launch of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers fragrance collection by Coty Prestige.

The Harajuku Lovers collection is:
・non-pretentious and fun without being gimmicky (there are too many obnoxious niche fragrances these days)
・all the scents are nice/pretty (that’s all we need from a fragrance)
・the production process was very democratic (Givaudan, Firmenich, IFF – they all had a part)

Images courtesy of Coty Prestige.
 

The “Architects”/ Harry Fremont and Ilias Ermenidis

They are like the “Herzog & de Meuron” of the world of fragrance. They don’t always work on the same projects together but they work in the same Swiss company.

“Noses” Harry Fremont (right) and Ilias Ermenidis (left) are well known architects of scents. Together they have captured the hearts of millions of women around world. With their creations combined together, the list includes fragrances for Calvin Klein, Gucci, Gwen Stefani, Juicy Couture, Lancome, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Valentino, Vera Wang, Victoria’s Secret and much more. Impressed?

右が調香師のハリー・フレモント、左がイリアス・エルメニディス。先日この二人から送られてきた写真だ。香水の世界のヘルツォーク&ド・ムーロンといったところだろう。このフィルメニッヒ・ニューヨークの「仲良しコンビ」の作品を合わせるとジューシークチュールからカルバン・クラインやグッチにいたるまで、世界中のほとんどの有名ブランドを網羅しているのではないかと思えてしまう。