Presenting the floral-scented candle that evokes the Fornasetti garden in Milan.
THE STORY OF A SCENT
After his father, Piero Fornasetti—20th-century Italian painter, sculptor, and engraver—passed away in 1988, Barnaba Fornasetti was left with 13,000 pieces of archived artwork, which he reinterpreted into a lavish home collection, replete with his father’s iconic pixelated faces. Among the many designs, Barnaba also discovered Fornasetti Sr.’s sketches of bottles—each accompanied by a scent recipe—which inspired his own forays into home fragrance.
One of Fornasetti’s most recognizable creations is the Ortensia Candle, which takes its name from the blue and pink ortensia flowers (also known as hortensia or hydrangea) that thrive in the gardens of the Fornasetti house in Milan. The bushes grow so tall and large that you can actually disappear behind or inside them. The bouquet has a musky floral scent, encased in a handcrafted ceramic vessel featuring a whimsical drawing of the enigmatic opera singer Lina Cavalieri (Piero’s muse) peeking out from behind a cluster of blooms.
THE CANDLE PROFILE
OLFACTIVE FAMILY: Floral
TOP NOTES: Ivy, lily of the valley, and white rose
HEART NOTES: Iris, orange blossom, and jasmine
BASE NOTES: Tuberose, sandalwood, and musk
WHERE TO BURN
While watching Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria with a glass of Sancerre in the comfort of your own home, or in your NYC apartment on a day you’d rather be frolicking in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
APPROVED & FILED
July 20, 2016