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diptyque paris at Leadenhall Market by Christopher Jenner

Leadenhall Market, the modern retail centre set within a historical Victorian market place, is where London-based designer Christopher Jenner has created a jewel-like space for legendary French perfumer diptyque Paris. Located in this architectural gem, right in the centre of London’s financial district, not far from Bank tube, Jenner succeeded at the major challenge of this project: showcasing the whole repertoire of diptyque fragrances and perfumes in a 16-square-metre micro boutique.

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In this project, (Christopher’s third for diptyque – he had previously designed the diptyque Room at Liberty and the brand’s New York flagship store), he has captured the spirit of the historical Grade II listed market building, and the creativity and passion of the perfume brand, using patterns, materials and finishes that match the ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream; and the cobbled floors of the current building, designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones (who was also the architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets) and beautifully renovated in the early 1990s.

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English heritage tradition and French luxurious splendour are perfectly mélangé in this project, another one-of-a-kind setting, as diptique’s Parisien home has always been since its foundation in 1961 at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain; the result of three friends’ shared creative passion. Making use of every inch of the available surfaces, Jenner’s chosen bespoke furniture, finishes, patterns and colours that give the space a new, but old, aesthetic, in line with the prestige and elegance that diptyque’s perfumes infuse.

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The incredible repertory of scents created by diptyque over the last 50 years are gracefully displayed: personal fragrances, scented candles and the body care collections are contained in oversized library cabinets outlined in multi-layered classic mouldings and fitted with cupboards that are embellished with English brass, stained-glass fretwork and antique mirrors.

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The bespoke furniture pieces were hand-made in American walnut complemented by gothic revival wallcoverings, while etched brass journey panels frame the interior’s traditional Victorian pressed ceiling from which a diffused halo double-ringed chandelier, inspired by the graphic design of the diptyque packaging, is suspended over the Dorset basalt floor.

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SEEN strongly recommends that you to visit the diptyque boutique at Leadenhall Market; not only because diptyque is one of SEEN’s favourite brands of perfume, but also because the space will make you feel like you are in an intimate museum of splendour and scent.

diptyque paris
62 Leadenhall Market
EC3V 1LT London GB


Photography Michael Franke

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