Venice Biennale of Architecture (Australian Pavillion)
May 2016 saw the opening of the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
Australia’s national pavilion in Venice houses ‘The Pool‘, an installation designed by Sydney based architects Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday of Aileen Sage Architects and Michelle Tabet.
The exhibition recreates a pool within the space through an immersive multi-sensory experience, transporting visitors poolside, using light, sound, and two peculiarly Australian scents created by Maison Balzac.
Visiting the pavilion in Venice, Ian Thorpe was particularly struck by the scent design (created by Sydney-based Maison Balzac with the artist duo Lyn & Tony), which he found powerfully evocative of outdoor Australian pools. “There are two smells,” he explains. “One that you’d associate with fresh rain: the slight smell of eucalyptus and decaying plant matter that you’d find in a wet natural environment. The other is the smell of smoke that you’d get after a bush fire, a smell we commonly associate in Australia with summer. The pool I swam in when I was training and where I put in most of my hours was right across the road from the national park — the smell of cut grass and rain and smoke took me right back.”
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Le Rose with Miranda Skoczek
The practice of Melbourne Based artist Miranda Skoczek embraces imperfection in her endless search for beauty. Her singularity lies in her oscillation between antiquity and contemporaneity.
We got inspired by the colours of one of her painting, CY'S BLOOMS 2013, and translated them into a scent called LE ROSE.
Pink for rose petals, grey for thyme leaves, orange for amber.
The result is a spiritual blend that takes us back inside an artistic cathedral.
LA NATURE WITH MARBLE BASICS
Our love for the nature and impeccable design has drawn us to MARBLE BASICS, a Melbourne based label that focuses on marble made products.
Together we have recreated the cold touch of marble through a fresh and herbal fragrance with notes of lemon, mint, basil and musk.
We particularly love the unusual square-round shape of the marble vessel which provides the ideal canister once the wax has vanished.
LA ROMANCE WITH ROMANCE WAS BORN
Romance Was Born is an Australia fashion label designed by Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales. It's their playful elegance and eccentricity that attracted Maison Balzac to create their very first collaborative candle in 2013.
In June 2016 this sell out candle is coming back with a new brocade outfit.
LA ROMANCE is a wintery blend of bitter orange and cypress.
LA LUMIERE with GOLDEN AGE CINEMA & BAR
Golden Age has restored and re-invented the old screening room of the heritage listed Paramount Pictures Building in Sydney.
Together we set to create a candle in celebration of life, light and the Lumber Brothers. Each flame is as mesmerising as their 1896 short film Danse Serpentine.
TOP NOTE: SOFT SPICES
MIDDLE NOTE: LEATHER
BASE NOTE: LABDANUM
1642 WITH DR COOPER STUDIO
Lisa Cooper is an artist, researcher, florist and doctor of philosophy based in Sydney. Through synesthetic expression, we created a candle inspired by a painting from Adriaen Von Utrecht from year 1642.
The painting, Vanitas - still life with bouquet and skull, involves a compilation of symbolic objects, which, like the burning of a candle, represent the passing of time.
L'OSBCURITE and L'ETRANGETE WITH LYN & TONY
Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins work collaboratively as visual artists, photographers & jewellery makers, blending the worlds of art, fashion and design.
We translated their visual imagery into two candles that evoke the sensory strangeness of the Australia landscape using rare and distinctively Australian essences.
Both scents have been artfully designed to create a third intriguing fragrance when lit together.