Ex Nihilo by Christophe Pillet
New Prisms Revisit Traditional Codes
Ex Nihilo is a new Paris-based perfume house vying for a true personal touch. Conceived by celebrated French designer Christophe Pillet, the young brandâ€™s Rue Saint HonorÃ© flagship resembles an Art Deco-infused fragrance bottle in and of itself.
Capturing the grand tradition of French glassblowing, the new test kitchen-like showroom juxtaposes metal with marble and wood with felt â€“ contrasts that embody Ex Nihiloâ€™s image and ethos. Visitors enter through an immersive, benevolent and expressive faÃ§ade before reaching opposing metal counters â€“ staging one-of-a-kind perfume vials. Yves Klein-blue walls blend-in behind shelving unit while a mirror-clad ceiling extends the space through to a focal-point staircase.
Working closely with Ex Nihiloâ€™s Sylvie Loday, Olivier RoyÃ¨re and BenoÃ®t Verdier, Pillet developed a user-experience that pays close attention to the emotional and sensorial value of scent.
Though Ex Nihilo offers a collection of exclusive, natural and pure perfumes â€“ collaborations with seminal artists â€“ guests can request personalized fragrances. Influenced by emerging talents, architecture and design, the new brand responds to the young generation's search for sensations.
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