Meet Maison Francis Kurkdjian
December 2, 2015
Opulent, unconventional and unapologetically French, perfumer Francis Kurkdjian infuses an understated luxury into each of his artfully crafted fragrances. Based in Paris, the eponymous fragrance house was founded in 2009, after Kurkdjian had amassed accolades (including the prestigious Prix Francoise Coty) for myriad of best-selling scents, including Gaultier’s Le Male and Burberry’s My Burberry.
It is perhaps the undeniable fusion of fragrance and artistry that makes this line unique; Kurkdjian’s sleek, square flacons call to mind the clean lines of Mid-Century Modern architecture and thereby look stunning on one’s vanity. The fragrance housed within said bottles is infinitely special. The fact that Maison Francis Kurkdjian extends into other modes of perfumery—everything from chic laundry wash to innovative scented papers—further heightens the appeal of the brand.
For those who may be new to the line, here are three excellent points of entry (that also, incidentally, serve as marvelous gifts for this holiday season) to the world of Maison Francis Kurkdjian:
(1) Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris OUD Silk Mood — The smoky glass and golden flacon are harbingers of the intoxicating scent within. Designed for oud lovers and perfect for the cooler months ahead, this unisex fragrance masterfully embodies the musky warmth of resin, coupled with the freshness of Bulgarian rose and chamomile tea for a unexpected take on a traditional skin scent. I highly recommend gifting Oud Silk Mood to yourself, sharing it with your significant other or vice versa!
(2) Maison Francis Kurkdjian Mon beau Sapin Candle — Nothing conveys the holiday season quite as emphatically as a fragrant candle, especially one that sends the aroma of a frost-kissed pine forest into one’s home. Entirely apropos for a hostess gift, this candle is a brilliant way to invite the wonder of snowy woodlands with the strike of a match.
(3) Maison Francis Kurkdjian Les Bulles d’Agathe — For the child in all of us, these candy-colored bubbles come in three enchanting scents (violet, pear and mint) for next-level sensory enjoyment. They are lovely as a sophisticated stocking stuffer or whimsical present topper.