LDF: Perfume, Sir? by DesignMarketo

Exploring the humble and ubiquitous spice – pepper – DesignMarketo has created an enveloping installation, encompassing scent, design products, food and cocktails for this year’s London Design Festival.

Entitled, Perfume, Sir? the installation on Redchurch Street in East London showcases the possibilities of pepper as a subject within design. Gorgeous planks of cedar wood welcome guests into the space, filled with the scent of wood and spices. Moving into the next room, visitors can view the design products, specially commissioned for the installation, in editions of only five. Highlights include, glass vial necklaces by Pia Wüstenberg, that slowly allow for the release of fragrance, in this case, Poivre 23, a London-edition scent by Le Labo. Odd Matter explored the ancient concept of peppercorns as currency, coating the corns in metal to create brooches with a contemporary monetary value. Organically-shaped glass perfume bottles sit beautifully on colored glass plinths by Chiara Onida & AUT, while Peter Marigold fashioned stone peppercorn crushers using Stone Age-style principles.

To coincide with the exhibition,  renowned Italian food designer Arabeschi di Latte has collaborated with restaurant Trangallan, to create a dinner based on pepper. Called “The Golden Canteen,” the meal, hosted tonight and on Friday 20th, is based on the perceptions of pepper in The Middle Ages, when it was known as, “the black gold.” Jacopo Sarzi will also conduct ice-sculpting and cocktail-making workshops on Saturday 21st. – Louise Stuart Trainor

Perfume, Sir? runs until Saturday 21st September at Londonewcastle, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP.

© Cody Hsian Jung Chen for DesignMarketo

© Cody Hsian Jung Chen for DesignMarketo

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