Dressing The Air is the brainchild of the London-based artist Paul Schütze.

In a career spanning 30 years, Schütze has exhibited his photographic and installation works in galleries and museums around the world, released over thirty albums of original recordings, scored a number of films and performed numerous concerts. He has collaborated with artists such as James Turrell, Josiah McElheny and Isaac Julien and musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Lol Coxhill and Jah Wobble.

Dressing The Air is a unique open resource that aims to enrich creative thinking by encouraging a multi-sensory approach. A constantly evolving archive and creative news feed, Dressing The Air monitors and reports on a diverse range of art-forms from cinema to sculpture, painting to furniture design, land-art to perfumery.

Des Esseinte's House

Joris-Karl Huysmans

A Rebours (novel)


A vision of rarefied decadence, the house is perpetually re-decorated to reflect the owners insatiable need for both sensory experience and ever more refined isolation.


The dinning room of this house was designed to resemble a ship's cabin complete with a system presenting water filled port holes as windows. The room was airtight to prevent the smells from the rest of the house entering. The owner has devised special vents to introduce the scent of pitch pine into the space to increase the illusion of his being onboard a ship

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