photo by Nathan Branch
A bottle designed by Solange Azagury-Partridge for her 2007 “Cosmic” fragrance is dodecadodecahedral in shape. Which is to say, it’s a “dodecadodecahedron” (the “dodeca” so nice, they named it twice) — one of a number of interesting polyhedrons with star-shaped faces.
From the press release:
“A shooting star falls to earth revealing its meteoric and potent charms. … Solange has thrown her imagination out to the furthest corners of the universe and created the exquisite Cosmic — an intergalactic liquid jewel enclosed in a star-faceted silver orb. The bottle’s shimmering surface glints and winks from every angle, literally a Cosmic addition to every girl’s dressing table.”
Cosmic probably also appeases my inner sci-fi geek. Check out Nathan’s photos for fantastic images of the bottle design.
… it’s expensive. Cosmic is $285 for a bottle, but for me, I find the kitschy bottle design endearing and I grew to crave the scent.
She designed the bottle and she shopped around for bottle manufacturers, cap manufacturers… and the rest. It might seem easy on the outset, but it all has to be controlled with precision if you hope to make any money at all. I was surprised to hear that it took her last fragrance, Stoned, a year to break even. But she took this in stride. So what was her biggest surprise upon entering the perfume game? “No one would have let us do something as expensive as this,” she said at the launch party of Cosmic last night. “My cap costs as much as my bottle! That never would have happened if I was at a big company. They would have insisted on a plain screw cap.”
Lauren Goldstein Crowe, Solange Azagury Partridge’s Cosmic
Upstart Business Journal, 2007
The box itself is a pleasant enough gleaming silver on the outside with its angular star logo and a clear stone serving as the “o” in “cosmic”, but as you’ll be able to see from the following photo, there was a complete lack of attention paid to the interior, with no stabilizing or support material included for the bottle during transit, with the unfortunate result of the bottle banging around inside the box during shipment.
…The “cosmic” theme is overtly represented in jutting, repeating star shapes that comprise the shell of the bottle, with the neck and cap pushing upward (or outward, depending upon the angle of the bottle) to resemble a single shooting star. The bottle is silver, reflective, gleaming and cool as deep space — it’s also severely pointy and sharp, which could make for a very effective self-defense weapon should you be caught in the middle of a home-invasion with only your perfume collection to save you. #1) Spray the burglar in the eyes with the perfume; #2) Bean him over the head with the bottle; #3) Call the police.
Nathan Branch, 2009
Photos: Solange Cosmic (by Solange Azagury-Partridge with Lyn Harris)
(Photos of the box, after the fold…)
photos above by Nathan Branch