Illustration

Fragrant drawings

Illustration by Desmond Knox-Leet

Passionate about written forms, Desmond designed the diptyque initials in the form of dancing letters for the candles, then the logo, eventually drawing the labels for the perfumes. He never stopped drawing, filling his travel journals with sketches rather than notes. After his death, his great friend Yves took over and drew the perfume labels himself. Of course, this involved illustrating the perfumes, but these perfumes were born of a landscape, a journey, a vision that the hand could transcribe into an image. They therefore began what diptyque has never stopped doing, associating each perfume with a drawing and graphic artist to present an imaginary substance comprised of a volatile essence and a fleeting vision.

Start with a scribble

I love love love the illustrations of Sir Quentin Blake, so you can imagine my joy when I discovered this fun interactive book. Start with a Scribble will banish your inner critic and kick-start your inner genius, as you learn to draw with a little how-to and a lot of just-do.

Domino paper

Oiseaux & Feuillage

How beautiful is this handmade domino paper by A Paris chez Antoinette Poisson? Since 2012, Antoinette Poisson has been reinventing the artisanal savoir-faire of the “dominoterie” inspired by traditional 18th century techniques.

Olle Eksell

Old Town (Gamla Stan) – 1939
The Stockholm Palace – 1939