Francesca Gotti conceals perfume inside Glebanite blocks

Francesca Gotti conceals perfume inside Glebanite blocks

Francesca Gotti has hidden fragrances within seemingly impenetrable concrete-like blocks for Italian perfumer oneofthose.

The Inaccessible Perfume project – exhibited at Design Miami – encloses the perfume within a recycled fibreglass material named Glebanite.

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The limited-edition packaging includes three different colours, each with its own texture. Each form of packaging conceals one of three different fragrances by oneofthose.

Grey-toned blocks disguise the brand's Oxygen scent, black ones hide Sulphur, and the white set is filled with Curium.

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Each of the 15 monoliths, described by Gotti as "modern fossils", are signed and numbered.

"With a simultaneous air of mystique and irreverent playfulness, it represents the pleasure of this entirely new perfume experience – the wonder of discovery," said Gotti.

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"Fruit of an innovative, all-Italian ethical research project, it invites each individual spectator on a unique sensory journey."

London artist Zuza Mengham similarly responded to fragrance through design when she created a series of crystal-shaped resin sculptures as a physical interpretation of Laboratory Perfume's scents.

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Jamie Hayón, Nendo and Front have also recently experimented with scent-themed installations.

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Gotti's Inaccessible Perfume installation was on show at the Aybar Gallery from 1 to 4 December 2016. The exhibition coincided with this year's Design Miami, which saw Philippe Malouin create an orbiting installation and Michael Anastassiades venture into colour with a new minimalist lighting collection.

Photography is by Nicolas Mazzei.