and listen to this–––1, 2, 3, 4.
During Xmas and New Year period, I yearn for staying at home and doing nothing. I don’t check my messages, I keep my phone away at most times, and when it’s with me I only reply to the curator who is busy orchestrating an exhibition that I’ll be participating in Macau on January, 2014.
With the cozy fireplace lit, I light up an Assouline’s Books candle, pick out Elisabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things, make some green tea, slump onto the couch, and read in the solitude of my own time, space, and mood.
I know by doing so I can smell Sartre’s nothingness floating in the air––– a fresh and clean scent like L'eau Serge Lutens. It's a smell of simplicity and freedom that is often hard to come by in my hustle and bustle lifestyle.
我知道這麽做便可聞到了薩特的“虛無”氣味，那是一種類似「盧丹詩之水」（L'Eau Serge Lutens）的純粹乾淨。我認為，簡單和自由的味道，有時很難在我的喧囂生活中聞出。
簡潔低調Kiehl’s Orange Flower & Lychee: 澄澈的美麗
個性森林Comme de Garcons的Amazingreen ：海洋氣味的綠色矛盾
藝術波西米亞Bottega Venett的葆蝶家： 粉紅胡椒和感性皮革的氣味有如皮革裝訂的詩集
I closed my design studio for the next few days to do the Xmas gift shopping. While shopping for my loved ones, I was thinking about what perfumes I should wear to further embrace the ambiance of Xmas holidays. Clearly, the holidays are a time for looking pretty and smelling glam.
I'm presenting a list of my favorite perfumes on the holidays:
The simplicityKiehl's Orange Flower & Lychee for its transparent beauty
The charismatic paradoxComme de Garcons Amazingreen Eau de Parfum for its color of green with an aquatic scent of paradox
The artsy, bohemian flareBottega Veneta Eau de Parfum for its scents of pink pepper and sensual leather like a leather-bound poetry book
The Urban RomancePrada Candy Eau de Parfum for its warmth of airy cotton candy like drinking a cup of caramel-drizzled hot chocolate by a fire place
While hearing the Xmas choirs from the street I finished my perfume column for Harper's Bazaar's V-Day special issue 2014 (Chinese edition.) Suddenly I had an illusion confusion when I looked at the Xmas tree: all the decoration balls became heart-shaped...
To my English readers, I apologized for not being able to translate the Chinese transcript of my interview with senior editor Zhang Na at Chinese BQ Weekly. However, I'd like to give you some highlights of the interview that you might find interesting...
The creative people who have influenced me are–––
The Italian renaissance polymath Leonard da Vinci for his unquenchable curiosity and creativity (check Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl, an excellent book about da Vinci)
The Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto for his simplicity in form and color
The German writer Patick Suskind for his talent to make writing sensual and vivid (check his most famous novel Perfume)
The Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa for their clean and modern elements (check their outstanding work Rolex Learning Center at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)
FYI: In January, 2014, my scented art installation collaborated with the talented perfumer Christophe Laudamiel will be shown at Macau, China. I'll keep you posted about the detail of the exhibition soon.