Tell me about your fragrances.
I developed three scents inspired by relationships: Ground, Gather and Touch. Ground is about the relationship you have with yourself, and it smells earthy, like rain on limestone in the morning—something really grounding. Gather supports social relationships. It’s very green and woody. I imagine a dinner table set among pine trees, with lots of herbs on the table. The last scent, Touch, is a warm fragrance about the relationship you have with one other human being.
Your Scandinavian heritage shows in your designs. Does it also come through in your fragrances?
They have integrity, which I think is Scandinavian. They also resonate with the elements that you associate with Sweden: stone, the ocean, air.
You travel frequently. What’s the first thing you do when you return home to Sweden?
I go into my kitchen and make a cup of tea. Then I give the flowers some water because they’re always dry when I come back. I have two almost-teenagers, and I try not to bug them with unimportant things. When I come home the house is messy, but I just breathe deeply and try to see what’s really important.
Have you reconciled the feeling that something was missing from your life?
I used to ask myself, “Do we need more fashion?” It’s a challenge as a designer, giving the world something it needs. I’m interested in contributing to people’s wellbeing, and I’ve found a new reason to design.
This story originally appeared on Skandiastyle.