With the pandemic still making it impossible for advertising firm R/GA New York’s 650 employees to be together, creative Thibault Gerard, a former intern at GPY&R Melbourne, alongside Katie Facada have taken it upon themselves to bring a piece of the office into every employee’s home.
Eau D’Office is a series of scented candles from all the different smells they miss from their days of working together under the same roof.
From the scent of Bourbon and Cheetos coming from impromptu Thursday happy hours, to the lingering colognes after crowded meetings in tiny conference rooms, the candles aim to conjure all the unique memories of being together in their iconic new office space in Hudson Yards.
Eau D’Office launched with six scents, and the lookbook lives on an instagram page at @rga_scentedcandles, where employees can peruse the collection and request which one they’d like sent to them.
The idea originated as a goodbye gift to two group creative directors. It got such a great response the team felt compelled to get the whole office in on it.
Says Gerard: “Smell is our closest link to memory. We obviously want everyone to laugh at this, but it’s also a way to honor the time we shared together.”
Creative – Katie Facada, Thibault Gerard
Design – Matthew Woodward
Photography – Thomas Huerta