Nose Job: Our Special Edition Candles with Maison Francis Kurkdjian
In addition to its mystery, smell is also a fascinating collection of contradictions. It’s clumsy and complex. That smells gross. That has notes of lavender. In terms of survival, it is our least essential sense, and yet, in several ways, the most primal. A smell can make you throw up. It can make you orgasm. It can make you fall in love. It can flood you with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, and just as quickly fade to nothing.
Scent is something we take very seriously at The Standard hotels—as important as the bed sheets, the burrata, and the booze. So when it came to creating a brand-wide collection of scented candles, each evocative of our Standard cities (New York, Los Angeles, and Miami), we turned to world-renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, one of the more important and widely-celebrated noses in the business. Kurkdjian has created scents with top fashion designers and artists around the world. Incidentally, he has collaborated with artist Sophie Calle, recreated Marie Antoinette’s perfume, and he’s a knight in the French Order.