Ève Champagne's first project was a new style of perfumery in Montreal; the results are a testimony to this young interior designer's ability to understand her client's desires and expectations.
The perfumer, Claude-André Hébert, is not a newcomer to the business, but he took the risk of creating a concept never seen here before: a high-end perfumery in a unique, personalized setting.
He took a rundown space on Laurier Street and had it entirely redone, from floor to ceiling, in the spirit of a French perfumer's showroom, but without the literal clichés.
The lines and patterns may be inspired by the past, but the materials and colours are in keeping with the times. In reality, there are very few colours - mainly a silvery, icy white and a black that shines like a grand piano. Face to face, the two dominant shades set each other off.
On the right, a magnificent chest covered in small black glass tiles is a mysterious presence, concealing an entire portion of a wall by itself. A showcase for the precious flasks, it also serves as a useful storage cabinet. To the left, the immaculate white counter is striking against a background of huge arabesque motifs.
Everything is about balance and dosage, and the cabinet, with the perfumes inside it, subtly prepares the customer for the olfactory experience to come.
Parfums Claude André Hébert
125 Laurier Street West