Dover Street Market's a cool place. The four story department store's owned by Commes Des Garçons' Rei Kawabuko and her husband, Adrian Joffe and it has one of the most interesting edits in the world. Included in the heady mix is a line of furniture by Finnish company Artek, called “10-Unit System”, designed by architect Shigeru Ban, that essentially makes the buyer an artist. It’s a modular system - ten easy pieces that you can make into what you want, a coffee table, a cupboard, a chair, a table. If your needs over the years change, so can the furniture, totally adaptable, modern and utterly genius. According to Artek’s Anna Vartiainen, scent and fragrance played an important role in the space and vibe they created. So voila, a perfume collaboration between Commes Des Garçons and Artek was born.
The Commes des Garçons team lent their “nose”, whilst the Artek team came up with the bottle design, with the resulting fragrance called “Standard” - a spare, musky, masculine scent that is as no nonsense as the furniture it is inspired by (but doesn't, don't worry, smell like furniture). The packaging is brilliant, and we're not the only ones taking note. Johnathan Newhouse, Condé's top man, was a guest at the frenzied champagne launch party and told me the Kawabuko/Joffe team can do no wrong: “I never miss an event here - it is always fascinating what they're doing and what they come up with. They're creative genius." Couldn't agree more.