“The late 20th century may be a fascinating place, but surely … nobody would ever want to live in it?” Dennis Severs
Aut Visum Aut Non!: ‘You either see it or you don’t’.
Last Monday after leaving Angela Flanders boutique on Artillery Row, I hopped over to Dennis Severs House at 18 Folgate Street. I really knew very little about the house going into the experience so I was really unsure of just what to expect. The motto of the house is “you either see it or you don’t”, and I left 18 Folgate Street feeling as if I had had an experience quite unlike any other I had before.
“From where you stand in Folgate Street you hear a door being unlocked from inside. As it opens you should remind yourself of the four dimensions. The first dimension is back and forth – the second is up and down; both like the door itself – are flat. The third dimension is not flat, but comes forward and goes back to constitute a space between. Within it life happens. The door is opened, but now you hesitate. The third dimension before you contains something more than space; as thick as treacle – it hosts a foreign fourth. And the fourth dimension, dear reader is time.” Dennis Severs
To celebrate World Smell Day yesterday I made myself an appointment to explore Angela Flanders’ range of perfumes at her boutique on Artillery Passage in Spitalfields. Although I had read much about Angela’s fragrances I had never ever actually been to her shop in Spitalfields so today being World Smell Day seemed like the perfect excuse for a trip to East London. I met with Rachel, who works at the boutique, and she was a fantastic guide in helping me to get acquainted with the line. She was super knowledgeable and really down to earth and lead me through sampling the fragrances. There is something about taking in scent with another person that I always find to be a bit of a bonding experience.