Notte Oscura: A visionary exploration from Dario Frattaruolo

February 20, 2024

Dario Frattaruolo, EDAWinner, Italy, Make A Mark, PackagingDesign

In the captivating realm where imagination meets craftsmanship, Dario Frattaruolo unveils his visionary project, Notte Oscura, in collaboration with Make a Mark. This conceptual endeavor transcends the boundaries of traditional perfumery, offering a sensory odyssey woven with threads of symbolism and alchemical mystique.

At its essence, Notte Oscura embodies the timeless pursuit of transformation, drawing inspiration from the profound concept of the dark night of the soul. Rooted in the mystical traditions of the Carmelites and the alchemical practices of transmutation, this fragrance beckons the wearer to embark on a profound inner journey of self-discovery.

The bottle that encapsulates Notte Oscura is a testament to Frattaruolo’s creative vision and attention to detail. Crafted from high-transparency glass, the “Estal Custom Notte Oscura” bottle exudes minimalist elegance, its sleek lines echoing the timeless aesthetics of ancient alchemical vessels. Within its confines rests a specially shaped glass, reminiscent of the philosopher’s stone – a symbol of enlightenment and metamorphosis. As light dances upon its surface, a mesmerizing interplay of iridescence and shadow reveals the enigmatic secrets within.

Frattaruolo’s meticulous design extends to the metal cover, a masterpiece of craftsmanship produced by Signet in London. Adorned with icons that evoke a mother-of-pearl and holographic effect, the cover is adorned with intricate geometric engravings reminiscent of ancient alchemical sigils. Each symbol serves as a key to unlocking the mysteries of the cosmos, guiding the wearer on a transformative journey of self-realization.

The closure, an antiqued metal adorned with Greek inscriptions, conceals a hermetic concept waiting to be unveiled. At its heart lies an emblem symbolizing the “alchemy’s squaring of the circle” – a profound metaphor for the eternal quest for balance and unity. Originally conceived to house liquid mercury, the closure now embraces sustainability with the use of Gallium, symbolizing the ever-evolving nature of the alchemical process.

Upon the label, crafted from Avery Dennison’s Cotton Black paper, lies a tapestry of symbolism and intrigue. Deep as the night sky, it captures the essence of mystery and transformation. Through a meticulous printing process, an eclipse image emerges, drawing the viewer into the depths of the unknown. Symbols of alchemical significance adorn the label, inviting the wearer to embark on a journey of inner alchemy, where perfume becomes a metaphor for spiritual enlightenment.

Notte Oscura transcends the realm of mere fragrance; it is a testament to the power of creativity and imagination. Inspired by the alchemical Nigredo, the perfume embodies the transformative power of dissolution and distillation. Like the alchemist’s quest for the philosopher’s stone, the creation of this conceptual fragrance requires the harmonious blending of elements to achieve a higher synthesis. As the fragrance envelops the senses, it awakens the soul to new possibilities, offering a glimpse into the mysteries of the universe.

In a world where beauty and meaning intertwine, Notte Oscura stands as a testament to the enduring power of human creativity. Guided by Dario Frattaruolo’s visionary design, this conceptual project invites us to embrace the darkness within, knowing that from the depths of the night emerges the dawn of transformation.