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Poetry x Diptyque

Summer Nights, Riverside is a poem by Sara Teasdale that captures innocent summer love in New York. Inspired by a line from the piece In the fragrant summer darkness, I transformed the poem into a fragrance sampler for French perfumer diptyque, crafting a unique full sensory experience that engages the visual, olfactory and tactile senses.

 

POETRY x DIPTYQUE

 

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Brief: adapt a classic poem for a contemporary audience as a zine.

Solution: Summer Nights, Riverside is a poem by Sara Teasdale that captures innocent summer love in New York. Inspired by a line from the piece In the fragrant summer darkness, I transformed the poem into a fragrance sampler for French perfumer diptyque, crafting a unique full sensory experience that engages the visual, olfactory and tactile senses.

 
 
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I researched a floral fragrance that one could imagine finding in the poem’s setting and decided on OFRESIA by diptyque.

 
 
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The notes of white freesia convey the innocence of a young romance, whilst the darker, spicy black pepper creates the feeling of evening.

 
 
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The poem was printed on tracing paper, which has a delicate, organic look and feel that brings out the lyrical writing.

 
 
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The oval patterning is my take on diptyque’s main design motif: the medallion. The oval originated from a fabric designed by one of the brand’s founders, Desmond Knox-Leet, in 1963. The black satin ribbon is a reference to the “black satin” that the personified Hudson River wears in the poem.