Bronze sculpture"This is by Swedish sculptor Stig Blomberg. The different shapes remind me of a family, so it's an alternative to having a family portrait on my desk. I bought it at auction, and think I may have overpaid a bit."Leather Stand"We started experimenting with leather about a year and a half ago. It grew into a small obsession and we started making a whole range of Byredo leather goods. We use reindeer skin for our linings, which is one of the softest things I've ever felt."Desk"A Swedish architect called Christian Halleröd designed this desk for me, along with some other furniture in my office. I like how it's clean and solid with a Japanese feel. We also work with him on some of our products and store design."Indian Painting"I bought this piece at auction without seeing it and it turned out to be a lot larger than I imagined. It works well in this space, though. My mother is originally from north India and I've always been interested in Indian mythology."Fireplace"This building used to be the head offices of the Swedish postal services. We tried to preserve all the original features of the space, with all its great craftsmanship from the turn of the last century."
Although Mr Ben Gorham started his perfume company Byredo in 2006, the house remains one of the freshest and most cutting-edge brands in contemporary fragrance. With scents based on the likes of ink and lipstick, Mr Gorham takes an artistic and personal approach to creating Byredo products, which sell in stores around the world and his own jewel box of a shop under his office in Stockholm. Raised in New York by an Indian mother and a Canadian father, Mr Gorham, 35, has an international approach to design that is reflected in the travel-friendly candles and scent cases he is now developing for the brand. Formerly a basketball player (unsurprising as he towers over his desk at 6'5", making the grandiose high ceilings of his offices look quite standard), Mr Gorham discovered the world of perfume after he left the court behind to study art. Upon a chance meeting with a perfumer called Mr Pierre Wulff, he decided it was scent, and not paint, that was the ideal medium to express his creative ideas. Now, he starts each fragrance with an abstract idea that he goes on to develop with world-renowned perfumers Ms Olivia Giacobetti and Mr Jerome Epinette. Here, Mr Gorham takes us around his office space and his new venture into sumptuous leather goods.
"Christian Halleröd, who designed my desk, worked on the packaging for this perfume. It's called Kirsten-96 and is inspired by Inez and Vinoodh, whose photograph features in the lid. We made 143 of them."
"A lot of people were asking for travel cases for their perfumes due to luggage restrictions on aeroplanes, and we wanted to make a more personal version of a travel perfume. Luggage tags were a natural follow-up."
"I keep buying pieces at auction and can get carried away, like with these antique silver containers. But I like how bringing personal objects into the office makes it feel more like a home."
"These domes are a way to test fragrance. The scent collects in them, and I like their mid-20th century look. We're currently testing one called Apocalypse, which is supposed to smell like the end of the world."