Designer Mentee: Xavier Tsang
Mentor: Michael Young
Universality and accessibility are the two aspects of design that is overlooked. Considering Haw Par Mansion’s location, and its architectural and heritage characteristics, the designer will create fragrances around a narrative that represents and complements the building as a holistic space, inviting and orienting visitors. Fragrance inspiration may also draw upon the neighbouring Tai Hang community and the Tai Hang Fire Dragon dance.
Designer Statement • Xavier Tsang
While I was collecting stories about people’s memory of the Haw Par Mansion, the stories that inspired me the most is about the Ten Courts of Hell wall sculpture. I wanted to create a scent experience which brings back people’s memories about this wall sculpture.By creating a fragrance which compliments with the rich history of Haw Par Mansion, the scent experience developed together with aromatherapist Jodie Chan, can be decomposed into ten individual scent notes that trigger memories about the “ten courts of hell”, namely “fire”, “frozen-ice berg”, “rusty metal”, “flowing blood”, and so on. Each scent will be diffused into the space with a pendulum diffuser. With the generous support of mentor Michael Young, the metronome diffuser will incorporate his experimental material aluminium foam, which perfectly traps and diffuses fragrance oil. With the swing of the pendulum, this work blends together the narratives of the Ten Courts of Hell wall mural that once stands in the Tiger Balm Garden.