“Tapputi and the Sea” is a tale of natural sea sponge, heat, skin, texture, fragrance and rituals. It is a future take on the luxury of cosmetics and natural materials role in such objects. The colored and natural sea sponges visually speak about the scent and is the holder and applier of the solid perfume casted onto it. One applies gently onto the skin, the heat melts it just enough so fragrance transfers.
Toile Fashion Magazine no.1 words by Adrian M
"A far cry from duty-free fragrances sold in airports shops, Tapputi and the Sea ditches the standard formula. Rather than just designing another bottle filled with a mysteriously liquid, Ecal graduate Kaja Dahl turns the porous and adaptive qualities of natural sea sponge into a new type of applicator.
Colored and cast into different forms, her solid perfume- which melts when it touches the skin - comes in attractive glass containers. Sea fragrance allows for combinations based on mood, climate or special circumstances. The ability to mix and match scents could change how major brands and fashion houses determine seasonal marketing trends.
Like ingredients selected for a meal, Dahl ́s prototype holds the promise of a wider spectrum of bespoke perfumes. The Norwegian designer suggests a shift towards greater customization in today ́s luxury cosmetics sector, while propos- ing a new approach to the ancient ritual of applying the essence of nature to human hair and skin. "
Photo, Margret Gyda Johannsdottir