As avid travellers, John and Clara Molloy capture the memories of the places they have visited in a fragrance. They founded Memo Paris in 2007 and began creating unique scents you may have not taken a whiff before.
Their latest creation, Winter Palace, was their memories when they visited China. The Winter Palace is a fresh and spicy scent that is powerful contrast between fire and ice. Inspired by the hypnotic energy of China and its imperial palaces, the first impression is of fresh bergamot and oil orange that brings a sheer and invigorating power.
As soon as the freshness settles, the red tea accord rises with a spicy and warming sensation, like a dragon from its lair. This creates a trail of fiery warmth and powdery amber tones that further celebrates Winter Palace as a scent of contrasts. Tea and fire: fresh and powerful, summer as winter, sweet but spicy.
For its design, the black lacquered bottle is dressed with a dragon. John and Clara were inspired when they went to the Great Wall of China—it was a cold and grey day, and the wall seemed to rise and fall out of the fog like the back of a huge sleeping creature. It reminded them of where nine beautiful dragons carved into the walls of the Forbidden City—bringers of good luck.
ONE AUTHOR AND TWO ARTISTS TO DESIGN WINTER PALACE
Memo invites one author and two artists, three visions and set of eyes over China, its landscapes and legends. Thierry Bornier and his camera lens capture the magical energy of Chinese landscapes, while Colombe Schneck writes of a girl’s discovery of dragons that live inside imperial walls, illustrated by Emmanuel Pierre.
ART LAND COLLECTION
Winter Palace is a part of its Art Land collection. Taking its point of departure not from the beauty or the mystery of a destination or an ingredient, but from the aura of an artistic practice tied to the land, nature and its resonance, the world of Memo continues to unfold.
Nature is its heroine, its playing field. Memo follows in the footsteps of man the maker, the one who not only contemplates the perfect natural balance of a space, but also shapes and changes it.