August 14, 2017

Power Smoke

A masterful blend of Japanese ethos and modern design

Fact: TenOverSix is a treasure trove of unexpected finds. Take Tennen incense, one recent discovery/obsession. Founded by Ethan Wessel and Sarah Swartz Wessel, the husband-wife team behind multi-disciplinary design firm Tennen Studio, the line challenges conventions with its broad range of scents and minimalist design.

While it may seem an unlikely departure for a pair best known for their architectural prowess, it’s a fitting venture. Japan’s culture and design sensibility are the Wessels’ foremost source of inspiration, permeating every facet of their lives.

Incense had always been a mainstay in their office and home, but they were frustrated by the lack of options meeting their discerning tastes. So—ever the innovators—they partnered with a Kyoto company to develop their own collection and patented burner designs.

The Sonoran Desert series marks the debut, evoking desert landscapes imbued with Japanese culture. “Ocotillo Bloom is a favorite,” says Kyle Branch, sales associate at TenOverSix. “It’s a soft oral—refreshing, calming, and tranquil—perfect for any hour of the day.”

The intricate fragrances come in coil, cone, or stick forms. All are designed to be collected and used throughout the day for different occasions. Spring Arroyo is the perfect companion for your morning routine, featuring notes of freshly snapped oral stem, bergamot, and verdant. On the other end of the spectrum is Ironwood Thorn, a tobacco- and oud-infused scent best paired with a nightcap.

“Tennen is so richly layered, every bit of it reads intentional,” says Branch. “It shows us there’s more to incense than just a smell; it’s about the craft and care behind it.”

The Details: Meet founders Ethan and Sarah Wessel at TenOverSix on Thursday, August 16 from 2–6 p.m. Experience the beauty of Japanese incense alongside tastings from Weekend Coffee. 1511 Commerce Street. Complimentary valet at The Joule. RSVP to