Category: Antonio Gardoni

Cadavre Exquis, 2016

Cadavre Exquis is a gourmand perfume from two perfumers known for exploring ‘classy’ genres like animalic chypres and aldehydic florals. It was made following the rules of a surrealist parlor game called exquisite corpse. In an exquisite corpse the participants take turns adding words or images, or in this case accords and materials, until the project is complete. The final…

The non-flanker: Bruno Fazzolari Au Delà Narcisse des Montagnes

The distinction between a flanker and a variation-on-a-theme might seem trivial at a glance, but it is significant. They are both versions of existing perfumes, but their intentions and outcomes are quite different. A flanker is a spin-off of an existing perfume. It is a creature of the marketing department, and though there are varying styles of flanking a perfume,…

Bogue Cologne Reloaded, 2013

Image Joel Peter Witkin Cologne Reloaded is made with perfume materials from the 1940s that found their way into the hands of perfumer and architect Antonio Gardoni.  It is derived from a concentrated eau de cologne base called “Colonia della Esperis”.  The base included instructions for reconstitution to various concentrations, each of which Gardoni prepared in his investigation of the…

Bogue Profumo Maai, 2014

Bogue Maai, memento mori and the traps of artisanal perfumery. Bogue is a small perfume company featuring the work of perfumer Antonio Gardoni.  The approach is artisanal in nature in that fine, rare, exotic materials are the basic components, extraction and refinement methods are done in-house and limited volumes are produced.  Implied in the artisanal approach is a reproach to…