Northern Delights — Scandinavian Perfumery.

To celebrate the best of Scandinavian perfumery, Stockholm-based photographer Johan Rydberg created a stunning series of still lifes. Boldly disobeying the laws of gravity, minimalist flacons hover weightlessly above a scene of iron and steel—held in place only by the masterful arts of mathematics and engineering.

Over the last few years, a unique landscape of perfumers and brands has cropped up in the northern countries of Europe. With a fresh take on classics, and often inspired by the natural resources of their native lands, these innovators are adding exciting new olfactive colors to the global palette of perfumery. Here at SCENTURY, we’ve singled out certain creations by Scandinavian perfume brands in the past, but this is our first editorial dedicated entirely to an inspiring bunch of Norse men and women.

Johan Rydberg is known for his ingenious approach to still life photography, marrying the precise with the surprising, and often infusing a dash of subtle humor into his work. Here, he teamed up with the first-rate retouchers at Layer 1 to finish off what we think is perfection with perfection.

Enjoy the high precision poetry of Johan Rydberg and discover six olfactive delights from Scandinavia!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Johan Rydberg



Northern Delights.

The architectural beauty of Scandinavian perfumery.


01. Agonist: Isis

isis by agonist photographed by johan rydberg

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.

—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


YEAR: 2013



02. Svensk Parfym: Prakt

svensk parfym perfume bottle prakt

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.

—Louis Kahn


YEAR: 2017
PERFUMER: Henrik Lestréus



03. SG79 STHLM: No.1

perfume no1 by sg78sthlm

Architecture aims at eternity.

—Christopher Wren


YEAR: 2016
PERUMER: unknown


04. Björk & Berries: Solstice, White Forest

two perfume bottles by björk and berries

I call architecture frozen music.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


YEAR: 2017
PERFUMER: Pierre Wulff, Jerome Epinette


YEAR: 2016
PERFUMER: Jerome Epinette


05. Son Venin: Pur 01

fragrance still life with pur01 by son venin

I’m quite into the idea of engineering being beautiful.

—Sean Booth


YEAR: 2016
PERFUMER: Dag Solhaug Laska, Svein Haakon Lia



06. Stora Skuggan: Moonmilk

scent still life with moonmilk by storm kuggan

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

—Leonardo da Vinci


YEAR: 2017
PERFUMER: Tomas Hempel



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