If there was such a thing as gross-out advertising, this would be it. Hornbach, the German home improvement retailer known for its quirky advertising, illustrates the coming of spring (and peak DIY time) in a funny new spot by agency Heimat Berlin.
In the ad, directed by Sam Hibbard via Anorak, a pair of scientists go around taking samples of stinky clothing from heavily sweating men hard at work in their gardens. The items are swallowed by a machine, vacuum-packed and then finally emerge in a vending machine in a grey, urban environment. A young woman picks one out, and ecstatically inhales what Hornbach tell us is "the smell of spring."
It's hilarious--but Hornbach would also have you believe there's a serious message. In the press release, Hornbach's Chief Creative Officer Guido Heffels says you can "view the ad as a discourse on the increasing urbanization and decreasing quality of life in cities."