For his graduation project at Lausanne's ECAL University, Albert Schrurs designed a device that fuses two individual scents in the air to create a new one.
Says Schrurs, "Di-Fusion is a research project which celebrates the perfumer's universe and techniques. Perfumers usually create a fragrance by combining chemical components together into a very well kept secret formula."
As the sense of smell is the one sense capable of archiving our oldest memories, "perfumers are mostly inspired by what they have smelled before, whether it is their environment, their daily life, their childhood experiences depends on each individual."
"However memories are quite general, one remembers the smell of a forest or a bouquet, but these smell do not really exist, they are the result of a fusion of individual smells in the air, which create together a new smell."
For his graduation project, Schrurs, an architect and designer, developed with the help of a perfumer, a series of 5 "natural" x 5 "man-made" scents in order to create olfactive contrasts related to both his and her field of expertise:
Asphalt x Fresh grass
Gasoline x Pinetree
Leather x Apple
Metal x Rose
Rubber x Raspberry