A self-proclaimed “Perfume Gypsy” Nicola travels the world sharing knowledge and inspiration on fragrance. Founder of S Sense, a fragrance education and consulting project, he lectures on olfactory art and design at the London College of Fashion, UAL and Bern University of the Arts. Nicola decided to go down a fragrance path after a life-changing encounter with Master Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, who initiated him into this art at the "Università dell’Immagine" in Milan. Last year, he worked on the first scent installation with Master Perfumer Christophe Laudamiel for the Venice Architecture Biennale, US Pavilion, and created an education programme on the sense of smell for children.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
The Rothko Room at the Tate Modern. It is a very unique, nearly religious, meditative experience. For years this room has been like a sanctuary for me.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
The people I meet every day for work and for whom I create fragrances / fragrance experiences. Channelling their energy is my inspiration.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I wish to develop more body and movement experiences. Probably dance and my voice, perhaps in connection to fragrance and keep inspiring people .
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
London and New York City, because they have all the museums you need, and Berlin, because that’s where you can see more avant-garde - what London and NYC are pushing out.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
My job is to travel the world and inspire people through the experience of fragrance, sometimes with a perfume I create, sometimes with a university lecture. Next week it’s a wine tasting. www.ssense-perfume.com