We’re on the cusp of a new era where artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and bionic enhancement will blur the lines between the human race and its fellow species, blending the worlds of animated nature and manmade machines. A brave new world!
But what if Mother Earth could turn the tables, benefiting from us for a change? Wouldn’t it be nice if she could incorporate the achievements of human ingenuity into her systems? In some ways this is already happening, with foxes adapting to city living or certain microbes feeding off toxic waste.
Photographer Maciek Miloch and set designer Zuza Slominska envisioned for us what it might look like if plants started using the remnants of our throwaway society to enhance their world. Perhaps they would collect nutrients, guard themselves against pollution, or simply reuse bits and pieces we discard to look more attractive to newly evolved insects?
Stroll with us through this imaginary garden of strangely beautiful hybrids and discover their fragrant fruits and blossoms – a selection of exceptional perfume creations that will dazzle you with their intoxicating odors. Enjoy!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Maciek Miloch
SET DESIGN: Zuza Slominska
Strangely beautiful hybrids
… that will dazzle you with their intoxicating odors.
01. Creed: Fleurissimo
It’s so peaceful and warm
And I’d come to no harm
In a perfumed garden
With you, with you
That’s too easy
Please let me stay.
—In a Perfumed Garden by Television Personalities
PERFUMER: James Henry Creed
02. Astier de Villatte: Elixir De Docteur Flair
This is the garden where emotions grow
Twenty-four feelings all in a row
It’s alright, yeah, it’s alright.
—Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden by Prince & the Revolution
PERFUMER: Françoise Caron
03. Versace: Versense
In this garden
This lovely garden
I build a temple of love.
—I Build this Garden For Us by Lenny Kravitz
PERFUMER: Alberto Morillas
04. Comme des Garçons: Amazingreen
Creatures kissing in the rain
Shapeless in the dark again
In the hanging garden, please don’t speak
In the hanging garden, no one sleeps.
—The Hanging Garden by AFI
PERFUMER: Jean-Christophe Herault
05. Stora Skuggan: Fantôme De Maule
There is a garden
Something like the shadow of a butterfly
And lies beyond the gates of dark and light
And darling, it belongs to me.
—Magic Garden by Dusty Springfield
PERFUMER: Tomas Hempel
06. Diptyque: Eau Moheli
A petal that isn’t torn
A heart that will not harden
A place that I can be born
In my secret garden
A rose without a thorn
A lover without scorn.
—Secret Garden by Madonna
PERFUMER: Olivier Pescheux
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