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.
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.
Onto a rough wall:
the backdrop for a sweeping semi-circle of thirty-seven irregular glass forms each suspended by a black thread.
Enclosed are colours.
Invisible colours revealed only by the nose.
Time: May 2014‑Apr. 2015; demolished in 2017
Place: Illuminum Fragrance, 41 Dover St, Mayfair, London, UK
Area: 27 m² (one storey)
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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