Right here’s the shortlist for Greatest Grooming Product within the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2023. Discover The Unseen Magnificence’s colour-changing hair dye; Hæckels 2.0 sustainable skincare with packaging made by microbes; Dries Van Noten’s exquisitely vibrant magnificence line; artist James Turrell’s first fragrances, with Lalique; and the olfactory encapsulation of Balenciaga in a candle.
Look out for the winner of this and all of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2023 within the February problem of Wallpaper*, on sale 5 January, and right here at Wallpaper.com.
THE SHORTLIST: BEST GROOMING PRODUCT: WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2023
Dries Van Noten’s magnificence line
Dries Van Noten Magnificence sees the Belgian designer translate probably the most singular features of his vogue designs – a penchant for combining surprising patterns and an incomparable eye for color – into a spread of perfumes, lipsticks and companion equipment, together with compact mirrors, combs, and pochettes.
The perfume assortment options ten genderless scents, every created by a unique perfumer and every its personal unorthodox interpretation of conventional floral fragrances. The perfumes are available in bottles that juxtapose patterns drawn immediately from Van Noten’s print assortment, and the lipsticks are additionally packaged this fashion.
The lip vary options 15 satin shades, ten matte shades, and 5 sheers that span classics just like the matte cherry Crafted Pink to bolder colors just like the charred eggplant of Bohemian Scarlett, Barbie-esque Neon Pink, and the all-out unconventional shades of blue and inexperienced.
Altogether, the gathering is an clever reiteration of Van Noten’s iconic imaginative and prescient of magnificence. One that’s contradictory and compelling or, as Van Noten places it, ‘what is gorgeous for me could also be very ugly for you, and vice versa. One thing that’s thought-about by lots of people as lovely I feel is boring. That’s why I like a lot to work with contrasts. I prefer to have strangeness in my magnificence.’
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James Turrell and Lalique perfumes
James Turrell, the American artist recognized for his immersive gentle installations and holographs, debuted his first-ever fragrances at this 12 months’s Paris+ par Artwork Basel. The launch of the Lalique Vary Rider and Purple Sage perfumes not solely marks the artist’s first foray into perfumery, but in addition the primary time in his five-decade profession that he has created work on a small scale.
Created in collaboration with the historic French crystal maker and perfume home, the fragrances end result from 4 years of shut collaboration between the 2 ‘artists of sunshine’, each masters of manipulating materials and house to seize and shapeshift gentle into breathtaking varieties, though historically for various functions and at completely different scales.
Turrell suggested on the fragrances – each impressed by the American West – in addition to designed the 2 multicoloured bottles. Lalique artisans handmade the flacons, an particularly tough feat since they needed to craft a uniform thickness that might guarantee the proper density of color and homogeneity of design.
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The Unseen Magnificence’s colour-changing hair dye
In 2022, materials science firm The Unseen Magnificence launched a colour-changing hair dye referred to as Color Alchemy. The product is available in 5 iridescent shades that morph into molten colors in line with temperature and daylight. It’s appropriate for even very darkish hair, and the color vary for every is kaleidoscopic, with shades similar to Borealis, which transforms from clover inexperienced to flame orange to imperial violet, and Phoenix, which transitions from burnt orange to pollen yellow to ultraviolet.
The Unseen’s founder, Lauren Bowker, was impressed to create Color Alchemy after learning the phenomenon of structural color that seems in beetles, peacocks, and butterflies. Merely put, their pearlescent look is a results of the way in which their coats mirror a sure wavelength of sunshine.
Color Alchemy mimics that phenomenon by a components composed of 1000’s of micro prisms, which develop and shrink in relation to temperature, permitting them to mirror completely different wavelengths of sunshine in a fashion that has by no means earlier than been seen in a hair product.
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To create the perfume for the Balenciaga candle, the perfumer-artist-scientist Sissel Tolaas used a particular gadget to extract molecules from the partitions of Balenciaga’s historic couture home at 10 avenue George V in Paris, together with items from the Balenciaga archive and objects that belonged to Cristóbal Balenciaga himself.
The result’s a outstanding olfactory doc of Balenciaga historical past, from the couture home’s opening in 1937 to its closure in 1968 and its reopening in 2021 beneath present inventive director Demna. Open the candle’s mirror-polished case, designed with Panter & Tourron, and you can be blasted with an intoxicating mixture of burnt incense, tobacco smoke, heat pores and skin, previous paper, tanned leather-based, aged wool, delicate silk, unique fur, oak, and the oiled steel of stitching machines.
For Tolaas, scent is as a lot a philosophical train as it’s a sensory one, which makes her an ideal match for the cerebral aesthetics of Balenciaga. Talking in regards to the collaboration Tolaas informed us, ‘these [smell-trapping] gadgets are my “smartphone” for invisible info. Shock is a part of my discoveries. Nothing within the air is secure and static.’
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Hæckels is behind a few of the most progressive magnificence launches lately, together with biocontributing mycelium packaging, prebiotic face masks, and odour-eating mushroom and kelp deodorant.
However this 12 months, the model debuted its most radical launch but – Hæckels 2.0. The model’s reformatting is rolling out in three phases, with Hæckels Pores and skin and Hæckels Dwelling already debuted. Pores and skin sees the model’s signature skincare formulations, created from seaweed harvested on Margate’s seashores, repackaged in compostable containers, alongside two new choices – a Prebiotic Cleaning Balm and a lighter model of its Eco Marine Cream.
And though the packaging of those new merchandise appears and feels precisely like petroleum-derived plastic, the Hæckels Pores and skin containers are made by microbes which are ample in soil and marine environments. This revolutionary materials, referred to as Vivomer, might be thrown away like strange meals waste and can decompose with out abandoning any microplastics.
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