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Is perfumery art?

I noticed that I haven’t posted about perfume for a while. I spent most of the time thinking about a new project related to perfumers and perfumery this week and felt comfortable posting something related.

Last weekend my two sons had an annual play date with Les Christophs (Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph Hornetz) at home, and I had an opportunity to speak with perfumer Christophe Laudamiel on various subjects including art and design. Laudamiel is one of the few perfumers (if not only) who is trying to think perfumery outside the realm of commercial perfumery or a mere scent making. The most interesting discussion with him was on the possibility for the perfumery to be recognized as art.

Perfumery is not art in today’s context. For example, we cannot speak about perfumery as we speak about contemporary art. Perfumery is still like 18th or 19th century art. As Laudamiel pointed out to me, I too believe that finding the answer to this issue will ultimately take the commercial perfumery to the next level.

I also found an interesting article by chance addressing a similar issue. Here is the link where you can download the article.

Takashi Murakami @ Brooklyn Museum

Following the show at MOCA, Takashi Murakami’s retrospective opened at Brooklyn Museum yesterday.


The image below is from the opening gala on Thursday evening. While Kanye West performed in front of the guests, Marc Jacobs (in green) played a fan.


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© Photo by Eric Weiss

Clayton James Cubitt a.k.a. Siege


Two decades ago, when I first saw several images taken by a then unknown artist David LaChapelle (he was more of an artist than a photographer), I felt like being hit on the head with a mallet. I’ve recently felt the same way seeing some images and a video taken by Clayton James Cubitt a.k.a. Siege. And his mallet is maybe even bigger…

Here is the profile of an extremely talented artist in Brooklyn.


The artist’s website

Auction (Red) at Sotheby’s

On the evening of Valentine’s Day, over $40 million was raised to fight AIDS in Africa at a historic auction in New York — the most significant charity auction of Contemporary Art ever. The winner of the evening was Damien Hirst who donated seven pieces to the auction. Most of his pieces skyrocketed through the evening, including a massive stainless steel cabinet filled with drugs to treat HIV going for an astounding $7,150,000.

We’re in the middle of a full-blown recession, the rich are getting richer with plenty of money to spend, and the rest of us are now all in the poor class. It’s good to see big fat wallets being used in style for tax-deductible purchases.



Related article at NME.COM

A HUNT FOR HIGHTECH

“In a world…
where nature and science have emerged, where technology breathes and where living without it is impossible.

This futuristic world is the inspiration for a collection of imitation fur, for the fashion industry. ‘Future fur’ shows that it is more interesting to imitate an imaginary world…”

Bart Hess’s website

Mobile Art/ Chanel Contemporary Art Container

This is not new… the previous post just reminded me of it.
And there are three good reasons for this to be a post:
1. Rendering – mesmerizingly beautiful !
2. Zaha Hadid – I’m not a big fan of her architecture but have a deep respect for a woman who thrive in a field dominated by men.
3. “Je veux être de ce qui arrive” – I love this quote by Coco Chanel.




A rendering of the mobile pavilion for Chanel designed by Zaha Hadid

The world tour starts on 02/27/08 from Hong Kong and travels to Tokyo, New York, London, Moscow and Paris.

Chanel Mobile Art
Zaha Hadid Architects
Related article at Wallpaper*