For the Loewe Home Scents collection, the selection of olfactory notes follows a very personal trail for Jonathan Anderson.
Part Victorian botanical garden, part apothecary, the mix is both scientific and sentimental with meticulous recordings of plant life by artists who were inspired by the Age of Discovery: the cyanotypes of algae by the British artist Anna Atkins, the illustrations of exotic South American flora by the Spanish explorer Mutis, and the work of Kazuma Ogawa, who pioneered photomechanical printing.
“Passionate for gardens, for plants and their unique smells, when I joined Loewe I already had in mind to create candles and add an olfactory dimension. I am happy to introduce this new line of home fragrances and potted candles based on the raw essences of a vegetable garden,” the designer said.
Anderson worked with our in-house perfumier Nuria Cruelles to interpret eleven plant essences and express them as their own standalone scent within candles, wax candleholders, home fragrances and rattan diffusers. The smells include honeysuckle, beetroot, juniper berry, tomato leaves, coriander, liquorice, scent of marihuana, luscious pea, oregano, cypress balls and ivy.
Loewe continues its ongoing engagement with the art of ceramics testifies. The ribbed terracotta pot that holds our candles is based on a 5th century BC Greek mug. It offered the perfect template as a container for our candles, which come in three different sizes. A classic Louis XIV-era French ambeau informs the geometry of the other candle base.
The candles are made with wax derived purely from natural ingredients, and embossed with the Loewe monogram and the message ‘Made in Spain’. There is an intimacy and a coziness, but also a celebration of the natural world, to these candles that Jonathan Anderson find both timely and timeless.
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