Francis Kurkdjian


Artistic Conversations

Francis Kurkdjian's eclecticism and curiosity for others mutually nourish each other. Attached to each of their encounters is a sincere, fragrant emotion giving rise to an artistic conversation.

Francis Kurkdjian x  Katia et Marielle Labèque, Cyril Teste - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

La Cité de la Musique unveils the Cocteau / Philip Glass Trilogy, a creation in which music, light and fragrance converse. Francis Kurkdjian has composed three perfume accords to be diffused during the performance in harmony with music played by pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque and an elegant scenography by Cyril Teste and Nina Chalot, all friends of the Maison.

Virtually Versailles - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Through various artistic and olfactory projects, Maison Francis Kurkdjian has enjoyed close ties with the Palace of Versailles for many years now. Today, it is lending its expertise to Virtually Versailles, an immersive outdoor exhibition that will travel the world.

Luxury perfumes - The smell of money - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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.

Luxury perfumes - Stratus - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

For his second collaboration with Lille3000, Francis Kurkdjian drew inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci, whose artistic presence marked Milan. He dreamed up a fragrant sfumato visible from the Palazzo delle Stelline's main entrance.

Luxury perfumes - Exposition Universelle - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Lille3000 asked Francis Kurkdjian to join the group of artists presented at Shanghai's Expo Off. At the Lille Europe Pavilion, located at a Taoist temple in the heart of Shanghai, Francis Kurkdjian chose to release bubbles scented with violet, symbolic of a certain French charm.

Luxury perfumes · Maison Francis Kurkdjian x Cyril Teste

Director Cyril Teste has given fragrance a role in his reinterpretation of Richard Strauss's electrifying Salome for Vienna State Opera. In response, Francis Kurkdjian has created an olfactory accord embodying the heroine and her famous Dance of the Seven Veils.  

Luxury perfumes · Maison Francis Kurkdjian x Klaus Mäkelä

Brought together at the Philharmonie de Paris by their shared love of music and perfume, Klaus Mäkelä and Francis Kurkdjian are offering a new interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suite No. 2 at an extraordinary concert. 

Luxury perfumes - Chutt... d'Eau - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

This olfactory installation enhanced with music and light was set up in the Grove of the Three Fountains during the 2007 and 2008 Grandes Eaux Nocturnes in Versailles.

Luxury perfumes - Strawberry in trompe l'oeil - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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.

Luxury perfumes - Pas de deux - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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

Luxury perfumes - FENDIFRENESIA Yellow - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

The Roman luxury house FENDI and Maison Francis Kurkdjian combined their know-how and avant-garde spirit to create an exclusive collection of scented Baguette and Nano Baguette bags using the Maison patented technique.

Luxury perfumes - In the Wake of the Queen - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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.

Luxury perfumes - Mawtini - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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.

Luxury perfumes - Voir et être vu - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Accompanying visitors as they climb the stairs to a Hall of Mirrors suggested by a giant looking glass, the scent of roses adds a poetic, sensory dimension to the retrospective exhibition on the painter Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun.

Luxury perfumes - La lumière des innocents - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

In a dual tribute to the stunning venue and to childhood, 800 two-wick candles, as expressive as eyes, were specially created for this event and arranged in a dreamy geometric pattern.

Luxury perfumes - FENDIFRENESIA Pink - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

The second fragrance of the collection FENDIFRENESIA is a floral and cheerful eau de parfum that perfectly merges with the rose hue of the line, which includes a Regular Baguette bag, a Nano Baguette bag and a new card case.

Luxury perfumes - Flora Tournicota - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

In collaboration with Albert Schrurs, the founder of Allegory Studio. This project presented flower-like fans of the invented variety dubbed "Flora Tournicota" featuring white petals and golden stems. 

Luxury perfumes - Le Roi Danse - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Summer 2008. A giant trompe l'oeil representing a theatre curtain marked the entrance to another world.

Luxury perfumes - Sapin des Galopins - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

A scented tale designed for the Ministry of Culture's Christmas party in 2007.

Luxury perfumes - PréamBulle - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

A playful olfactory installation at the Latona parterre in the gardens of the Château de Versailles during the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes in 2007 in 2008.

Luxury perfumes - Expanded Drops - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Since a couple of years, Maison Francis Kurkdjian is promoting the experimental work of young Swiss-Canadian photographer and artist Christelle Boulé.

Luxury perfumes - NoctamBulle - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

A deliciously perfumed performance took place to mark the 6th European Night of Museums under the glass dome of the Grand Palais. 

Luxury perfumes - Scented fan - Maison Francis Kurkdjian

A collaboration with French artist Sylvain Le Guen to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Francis Kurkdjian's bespoke perfume workshop. 

Luxury perfumes - Maison Francis Kurkdjian x Anne-Sophie Pic

The best childhood memories are often the most delicious, too. Francis Kurkdjian and Anne-Sophie Pic combined their expertise to capture the enchanting scents and flavors of the holidays. From slightly sour recipes to honeyed flavors and notes of star anise, discover their creation.

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