Designing Incense - Guest Series

with Niklaus Mettler and guest Waèl el Allouche

1 Jan 4300

Incense is an ancient form of perfumery and has in many cultures different shapes, purposes and functions. In this series we invite various guests to shine light on cultures of incense smoking as an addition to our regular workshop.

With our third guest, Waèl el Allouche, you will learn about bakhoor incense and its use in Tunisia and North Africa. Later Niklaus Mettler will delve into many different aroma materials, and you will learn how to develop your own Japanese-style incense from scratch.

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What you will do 


The rest of the workshop is generally based on the Japanese incense technique (which includes forms of ‘loose’ incense and sticks and cones) but leaves space for your own personal curiosity and will for experimentation. Niklaus will first present particular forms of incense burning and a range of ingredients used in traditional incense-making. He will also delve into less common and more local materials. You will then get to compose your own aromatic incense recipe.

There will be a range of materials that you can use in the workshop, but we invite participants to bring materials that will help to create their personal blend. This can be gums, woods, flowers, spices, fruit-zest or anything that carries an interesting smell for you. Note: the materials you bring have to be completely dry in order use them in your blend.

Niklaus Mettler

Niklaus Mettler is a perfumer and art director who works with scent in a variety of contexts. He has worked with artists from different fields and established his own line of perfumes. His brand In’n’out Fragrances stands for a deliberate focus on socially incorrect perfume inspired by man-made places and daily materials.

Waèl el Allouche

Waèl el Allouche is a Dutch-Tunisian artist who works at the intersection of design, architecture and society. Within these fields his practices focus on the materialisations of digital media (digitalisation) in every day life. Inspired by his cultural roots/background he investigates overlooked rituals and customs which he integrates with a new perspective into his work.


Full price €79 | Discount €55
We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


00th of month, 14:00-17:00
Attendance limited to 10 people. We maintain a minimum of 5 participants.
Please note that this workshop will be held in English.
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