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Comme des Garçons has tapped London-based interior designer Faye Toogood for a special installation to mark the launch of its new fragrance, Blackpepper.

Drawing upon the notion of molecular collision – an key feature in the new fragrance’s rich tonal blend – Toogood’s latest vision is inspired by the six key ingredients that together create the Japanese fashion brand’s scent (black pepper, tonka bean, cedarwood, akigalawood, leather, musk). Each element comes reinterpreted as a rubber coated pod in the Selfridges Beauty Hall, together creating a sort of fetish stonehenge (two words that don’t often get paired together).

“I’ve long admired Rei Kawakubo’s unique aesthetic,” says Toogood, “so it’s an honour to work directly with Comme des Garçons in giving their abstract scent a physical presence.”

This collaboration marks the third project for Toogood and Comme des Garçons. Rewind to 2009 when the designer created a concrete and copper installation for the brand’s Dover Street Market trainer display, and the following year she also created a series of electrical tape boxes for the brand’s Aoyama flagship store in Tokyo.

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