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”.
Calming Park has collaborated with Omega, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Yoox Net–A–Porter group, H&M Home, The White Briefs, TOD’S but also with singer Melody Gardot on signature candles
Through my work as a journalist, I had the opportunity to meet many talented musicians and to ask them this question: HOW DO YOU RELAX ? These are the answers of some of them, whom I particularly admire.
“That’s a good question. I try to do yoga, to calm myself. I like also to go for a walk or just celebrate life how it is with friends, that’s the way I like to relax.”
“I have several methods. If I have the opportunity, I leave alone in the nature and I become again for a moment a wild animal... Otherwise, I stretch out 20 minutes on the ground, it regenerates me and I can make that everywhere!”
“I dream about various scenarios to destroy for good my mobile phone!”
“It has been eight years since I make martial arts which are called the dahara. Every morning I make exercises of stretching, breath, meditation this is the way I relax. I have a method which allows to remain aligned, centered and quiet.”
“Sauna. At the sauna for sure!”
“By walking around in the nature, surrounded with trees, by meditating. I also like reading and also appreciate the watercolor, it calms down my spirit. The silence is important for me because as musician, I am often exposed to sounds.”
“How do I relax? Dreaming, thinking of the future or the past and wondering, that’s the way I relax!”
“I relax by going horse-riding, I really like to do this. I like to be on the country side. I relax also swimming in the sea, that’s very relaxing.”
“I go skiing. Also taking long walks with my children can be very relaxing.”
“I simply lay in bed and watch TV or movies that I have recorded. Otherwise by reading Henry James. I am obsessed with his novels!”
“I like to cook and spend as much time with my boyfriend and friends as possible and turn my phone off. At the moment I am desperate for massages, whenever I can fit them in I do!”
“By taking long baths and burning scented candles!”
“The ultimate way to relax is to be finally home and do nothing!”
“I like relaxing reading, that’s when I get the most far away from the world, when I read. Sometimes, I really go far, far away when I read.”
“I meditate. I eat and I meditate. I walk and I meditate. I talk and I meditate. Meditativeness makes my life healthier. It is an intrinsic value in my life. Sometimes I do yoga, but not in a ritualistic way.”