In a noisy world where a new awareness is arising, scented candles have become a companion in our most fulfilling and luxurious quest: stillness and calm.
Calming Park was conceived in 2000 with the release of the homonymous music compilation by Universal Music put together by Olivier Rohrbach, swiss music designer and « synesthete par excellence » (Olivier is also a journalist, DJ and photographer). In 2006, soon before the release of the fifth volume of Calming Park, Olivier Rohrbach was dreaming of producing a scented candle that would bring to life the Nevada landscapes depicted on the album artwork. In those warm summer days he was under way in southern France for an article he was writing on the area, and while visiting Grasse he met Marie Duchêne, a parfumeur, whose expertise helped him make his dream come true.
The scented candle «Cactus» was presented as a giveaway during the launch events for the album that took place in Zurich, Switzerland and in a SPA in Connecticut, USA. The candle met with instant success, so much so that it was then produced regularly. «Sequoia», the second scent in the product line, was marketed a few months afterwards, soon followed in May 2007 by «Fig-Bamboo». During fall 2009, Calming Park teams up with designer Bruno Pieters and create his first co-branding with the release of “Amber – Pepper”. SPA and luxury resorts/hotels are naturally places where candles are home and it was from there that come the inspiration for “SPA de Provence”, Calming Park’s fourth scented candle, created originally for Four Seasons Provence - SPA Terre Blanche which is now available with revisited stronger orange blossom note in the new 2017 collection.
In the past years, Calming Park has collaborated with Omega, Four Seasons, The White Briefs, TOD’S, Neil Barrett, Honest By but also with singer Melody Gardot on signature candles.
Last fall, Calming Park unites with H&M HOME for a collection of four evocative scents. Inspired by natural elements such as the fig (Fig Tree), freshly cut grass (Green Terrace), cedarwood (Cedar Lounge) and cinnamon (Cinnamon Dream), the highly concentrated scented candles and reed diffusers are made in France and housed in simple yet sophisticated packaging. The collection “H&M Home x Calming Park” was available at selected H&M HOME stores and online and was sold-out in 5 weeks!
Winter 2018/2019: Calming Park teams up with Canadian brand Dimanche Matin on new olfactory adventure : “Winter In Québec”. The holiday season transform the Old Québec in a dreamy fairytale Christmas village and this new candle captures the essence of the long Quebecois winters. Available now at various Calming Park and Dimanche Matin retailers and at Simons stores in Canada.