OLIVIER DURBANO - THE ALCHEMIST

Is there any thing more romantic than a turret (Rapunzel-esque) situated somewhere that evokes, bohemian laughter, history and elegance – like the Marais, Paris? I think not. Place this secret spot with perfumes and jewels so fine that you become light headed. Such is the studio of Olivier Durbano. In which I spent a couple of hours indulging my senses and leaving the hectic REAL WORLD of the expo salons.

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To put Olivier in a box is impossible. How can you? Stones live in him and he makes them into perfume and poetry. When he explains this holistic approach to me it really becomes a reality. However sometimes in the cold light of day when I am alone it doesn’t work... And just seems an impossible fantasy.

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‘The stone can transform itself into a stone of passion, or patience, or love. It carries within it a history, even legends, it can be evocative or symbolic. It is a one off, always unique and it always speaks.’

A universe where drawings and images, become superimposed, here and now, maybe even elsewhere and sometimes from a long time ago. It is then that stones become scent.

In 2005, Olivier imagined a collection of ‘Parfums de Pierres Poèmes’.
 Pushing his inspiration through their meanings and symbolism, a history then begins that becomes written with the artists own rhythm year-on-year.

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The first stone to be picked was the ‘Crystal de Roche’ (rock crystal), a stone that like incense has been linked to purity and a connection between man and God.
 A way of life evolves, enigmatic, enclosed by the myth of the stones and the magic of incense. After the rock crystal, it’s the turn of the tourmaline noire, then jade, turquoise, rose quartz, followed by citrine and heliotrope. Last year it was the ‘Lapis Philosophorum’ (the philosopher’s stone). This year Olivier isn’t saying so I’ll just have to wait until September to see and feel it.

Oliver Durbanno will be in London in November with his 10th magical scent!