Studio Merle Bergers


Bespoke scent making

Merle is a conceptual designer working with scent as a material to tell stories. Stories about where we come from and where we'd like to go. Scent might seem to be invisible, it finds a direct translation in our body and our brain. A translation that can be made very tangible by our own associations, individual and collective..

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Lingua Planta

For a very long time now humans have placed themselves above other species. Relatively new research has shown plants do communicate and are exchanging complex information with each other, with insects, animals, even humans.

This is the language of scent; Lingua Planta. 

Lingua Planta offers plant lovers a new perspective on greenery with these molecular build perfumes with essential oils that come from nature. A journey of attention has been put into finding the finest aromatics to ensure a high-quality product that is also friendly to earth. 


What's in a tear

What if a spectrum of emotions could be captured?

I discovered how to extract the minerals from tears and transform these into a pearl thing I call tear stones. This physical manifestation of the transmutation of matter is then set in a piece of jewelry. In this way you can capture tears at a special moment and keep them with you as a timeless reminder of a story once lived. The project was based on the way we deal with tears in public. How we are sometimes embarrassed by a thing that is actually shows we are human, dealing with emotion just like everybody else. I believe in showing these emotions we can find a way to connect and empathize with each other.


Null Island

Scent design in collaboration with artist Deborah Mora. Welcome to Null Island, a digital Garden of Eden where you can immerse yourself in a technologically mediated memory of nature. The title of the work refers to the coordinates where this island is imagined to exist: it is the cyber myth of an imaginary island, now becoming flesh. In the digital realm, the null value is automatically attributed when data are absent. Images, files, and registrations uploaded without a specified geolocation are therefore always associated with the location ‘0,0’. That is the spot where we can find Null Island, a safe haven where our threatened natural world can thrive forever.

Sound Design by Igor Dubreucq
Scent Design by Studio Merle Bergers

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Previous work done in and outside Design Academy Eindhoven 2013-2018