Dutch Design Week Workshop: bottle the fragrant language of a rose


Dutch Design Week 2019 official event


Yksi expo, Torenallee 22-04 Eindhoven (Strijp-s)

23rd October 2019

18:30 – 21:30



Have you ever listened to a rose, with your nose? 

Scents make up many sorts of volatile organic compounds used by plants to send out messages. There are thousands of these substances, twelve of which are active in each and every plant.

During this workshop we will explore a variety of different molecules present in living roses. Participants will recreate the smell of a rose and learn to understand why they smell like they do, their specificity and meaning. Is the rose trying to attract bees and butterflies, is it repelling insects or trying to defend itself? 


– introduction;

– guided meditation with roses;

– exploration of all the different molecules;

– making of your very own blend.

You will go home with a rose in a bottle and a basic knowledge on botanical linguistics. A walk in the garden will never be the same again!

Merle Bergers (Utrecht, the Netherlands) is a conceptual designer working with scent. Lingua Planta started out as a research project on botanical linguistics and plant intelligence. After graduating cum laude, Merle developed Lingua Planta into a line of perfumes.


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