A tingle on the tongue. An itch in the olfactory. Black pepper, the world’s most traded spice, has been used for centuries in cooking and medicine—whole peppercorns were even found stuffed in the nostrils of Egyptian Kings as part of the mummification rituals. For this year’s London Design Festival, DesignMarketo created a multi-sensorial exhibition inviting designers to create an object inspired by Poivre 23, a scent by perfume makers Le Labo and renowned French perfumer Nathalie Lorson.

For four days, Perfume, Sir? will explore pepper through objects, dinners, workshops, performances and installations. Exclusive products from Arlette Ess (CH), Chiara Onida & AUT (IT), Lex Pott (NL), Odd Matter (NL/BG), Peter Marigold (UK), Pia Wustenberg (UK/NO), Zaven (IT) will be sold on site in limited quantities. Golden Canteen, a unique evening dinner from Italian food designers Arabeschi di Latte in collaboration with Trangalan is inspired by “black gold.” The two course dinner and dessert menu includes a pepper cocktail and highlights the various attributes of the spice. An Ice Sculpting and Cocktail Making workshop takes place on Saturday, September 21st. Join the festivities and book your tickets for specific events here.

Perfume, Sir?
September 17th-21, 2013
Londonewcastle, 28 Redchurch Street
London, E2 7DP