Colour as a Narrative

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Illuminum Fragrance

The eroticism of construction

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Behind a portal on a Georgian street in London, lives a small grey grotto. Its rugged walls, imprinted with gestures of the mason’s trowel reveal the eroticism which was conveyed in the act of construction by the ancients.

Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

The pozzolanic ash echoes the volcanic topography from where it was quarried. As ‘chambers of light’ the three tall openings facing the street orchestrate the light and shadow.

Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Onto a rough wall:
the backdrop for a sweeping semi-circle of thirty-seven irregular glass forms each suspended by a black thread.

Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Enclosed are colours.
Invisible colours revealed only by the nose.

Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Data

  • Time: May 2014‑Apr. 2015; demolished in 2017
  • Place: Illuminum Fragrance, 41 Dover St, Mayfair, London, UK
  • Area: 27 m² (one storey)
  • Typology: shop

Credits

  • Client: Illuminum Fragrance (via Suzanne Trocmé)
  • Director: Keith Hamilton
  • Olfactory glasses: Asakala Geraghty
  • Architecture design and construction management: Antonino Cardillo
  • Photography: Antonino Cardillo
  • Text: Antonino Cardillo
  • English translation: Antonino Cardillo, Morgan Ferrar, and Asakala Geraghty
  • Construction company: Italian Art Design Ltd.
  • Masonry: Adrian Paiunui Mihai, Fabio Di Monte, and Gianmarco Di Monte
  • Glass: Elliot Walker
  • Carpet: Natural Elements Flooring
  • Thanks to Paolo Bedetti, Anna Marra, and Paula O’Brien

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