Francis Kurkdjian’s Artistic Collaborations

Francis Kurkdjian curiosity about others and his eclecticism mutually nourish each other. Each encounter, be it with an artist, artisan, musician, choreographer, writer or emblematic venue, has its own sincere and fragrant emotion.


Francis Kurkdjian Mawtini

The smell of blood. When perfume is raised to the status of Art, emotion is all that matters. This collaboration with Syrian artist Hratch Arbach for his work entitled Mawtini, invites perfume to become a part of the dark and dire events of 2014.

Scented fan

Francis Kurkdjian Scented fan

A collaboration with French artist Sylvain Le Guen to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Francis Kurkdjian’s bespoke perfume workshop. The artist’s extraordinary imagination and fascination for fragrance blotters led to a poetic, intricately detailed fan, a tribute to the beauty of gestures.

In the Wake of the Queen

Francis Kurkdjian In the Wake of the Queen

In September 2006, the opening of Marie-Antoinette’s estate to the public was an opportunity for the Château de Versailles to raise funds through the sale of the queen’s perfume. Francis Kurkdjian concocted the fragrance based on authentic historical documents.

The Château used the proceeds to purchase Marie Antoinette’s wooden travelling case, built by Jean-Henri Reisener.

Number 13

Francis Kurkdjian Number 13

November 2003 and October 2004. A series of four fragrances composed for a performance by Christian Rizzo commissioned by the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Mudam in Luxembourg.

The end product is a blend of the flowery fragrance that escapes from the dancers’ costumes and the scent of their bodies in movement.

Pas de deux

Francis Kurkdjian Pas de deux

A fragrance created for the centennial commemoration of the Entente Cordiale, held at the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris in September 2004.

A thousand numbered, limited edition bottles of the fragrance were produced and given to guests in remembrance of the evening.

The smell of money

Francis Kurkdjian The smell of money

Soirées Nomades 2003. Artist Sophie Calle offered creative carte blanche for the first time. The memory of a well-worn dollar bill is the starting point: the smell of linen-fibre paper, the animal scent of the ink, the dirt from constant handling.

The creation was presented at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Strawberry in trompe l’oeil

Francis Kurkdjian Strawberry in trompe l'oeil

This blend of strawberry, banana and orange blossom sorbets is the fruit of a collaboration between Christophe Michalak (pastry chef at the Plaza Athénée Hotel in Paris and 2005 World Pastry Champion) and Francis Kurkdjian.

This dessert featured on the menu of “La Cour Jardin” restaurant at the Plaza Athénée Hotel during the summer of 2006.

Sapin des Galopins

Francis Kurkdjian Sapin des Galopins

A scented tale designed for the Ministry of Culture’s Christmas party in 2007. It featured a Christmas tree, 6.5 metres high and 4 metres in diameter, decorated with 600 hand-blown glass baubles and scented with a frosty rose fragrance, amidst the sounds of tinkling crystal drop beads, falling glass baubles and laughing children.

Scenographer: Jean Hugues de Châtillon. Master glass-blower: Dominique Marcadé. Soundtrack: Yan Chétrit.

Source: Maison Francis Kurkdjian


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