Famous Perfumer Uses Rare Neurological ‘Gift’ To Create New Scents

Famous Perfumer Uses Rare Neurological ‘Gift’ To Create New Scents
Design

The perfumer creates customized artworks for his packages inspired by his synesthesia -- the ability to see music as colors.

Laura Feinstein
  • 2 january 2013

While we’ve been following the work of olfactory mastermind Frédéric Malle for some time now, we were shocked and intrigued to learn that many of Malle’s scents are actually inspired by an interesting quirk in his sensory system; Born with the rare neurological phenomenon Synesthesia, when Malle smells a scent, his brain actually translates the noise into a color scheme. As someone whose passion is perfume, Malle has turned this abnormality into a source of inspiration, allowing himself to envision new scents through a process he’s refined through the years. In order to share his unique world with fans, he created a set of colorful illustrations that will adorn the packaging of each new scent released.

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