New Fragrances Philippe Starck Presents Starck Paris Fragrances: Peau de Soie, Peau de Pierre and Peau d'Ailleurs

Philippe Starck Presents Starck Paris Fragrances: Peau de Soie, Peau de Pierre and Peau d'Ailleurs

09/04/16 02:16:23 (2 comments)

by: Miguel Matos

Most of us have heard of the name Philippe Starck in the context of design. His name is associated with some of the most memorable pieces of contemporary design (objects, furniture, etc). He is like a rock star and his bright personality shines through everything he does.

His concept of democratic design made him work for renowned houses like Alessi, Vitra and Kartell. In 1983, the French President François Mitterrand, on the recommendation of his Minister of Culture Jack Lang, chose Starck to refurbish the president's private apartments at the Élysée. The following year he designed the Café Costes in Paris.

The Famous Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer by Philippe Starck

His work is seen in the collections of European and American museums, including the Musée National d'Art Moderne (to which he has donated several pieces, in particular prototypes) the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the MOMA and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and the Design Museum in London.

The Louis Ghost Chair for Kartell by Phlippe Starck

More than 660 of his designs were inventoried in French public collections in 2011. From hotels to restaurants around the world, to our houses in hundreds of objects, Starck has made his bold statement, proving his genius.

The Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps Starck Edition

This is not the first time that the mind of Philippe Starck enters the perfume world. In 2010 he designed a new, limited edition bottle for the classic Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps. After so many years and fields of design, he is now entering the world of fragrance with his brand Starck Paris.

The three fragrances in the 40ml version

But the link between Philippe Starck and perfumes goes back a long way. In fact, he grew up smelling all the exotic and chic perfumes in the back of his mother's perfume shop. “I loved to take refuge in this place; I was nowhere and at the same time I was everywhere. Because of the aromas, the exponential sum of the perfumes, beauty creams, lotions and shampoos, I traveled through an uncharted territory filled with incredible riches. What I did not know at the time was that I was growing up inside the most powerful vehicle for the mind and the unconscious," said Starck.

The creation of fragrances has always been something that lived in the back of Philippe's mind. Though he has attempted it in the past, the project always ended up on a shelf. Now he has turned to three master perfumers - Daphné Bugey, Annick Ménardo and Dominique Ropion - and an experienced Spanish perfume company - Perfumes y Diseño - to make his dream come true. This idea resulted in a line of three perfumes: Peau de Soie, Peau de Pierre and Peau d’Ailleurs. Three fragrances in perfect harmony with his idea of what we are: what we have been, what we are and what we perhaps will be.

Contrary to what is considered a rule in the perfume industry, Starck doesn't want to reveal the notes of the perfumes. Instead, we are offered a rather elusive and conceptual description, and that's all we will get.

Peau de Soie

Perfumer Dominique Ropion

“Ingredients, a few clues: cardinal points; unexpected slants; male/female duos that attract and respond to each other; a game of seduction in which ancient and modern raw materials and animal, woody and vegetable notes find a balance. Peau de Soie is a paradox, a perfume whose femininity wraps around a man’s heart. A perfume that adheres and reveals the space between, between the surface and the core, where female mystery is evoked.”


Peau de Pierre

Perfumer Daphné Bugey

“Ingredients, a few clues: big bang; exploring a mysterious unknown; gemstones; a woody, almost smoky intensity; the riddle of a synthetic molecule more real than nature. Peau de Pierre is a masculine fragrance that reveals a man’s feminine side. It is the membrane, the symbol of that permanent ambiguity that filters our differences and personality.”


Peau d'Ailleurs

Perfumer Annick Menardo

“Ingredients, a few clues: meteorite; a circular mandala of light and dark; the heart of an earthly material, mineral, amber, musky and woody, whose notes are only revealed at the end of a long voyage. Peau d’Ailleurs is strange, undefinable and elusive. An exploration into ourselves, through the elsewhere and the unconscious, its perfume is also an escape into the infinite territory of dematerialization, where the scent of the cosmic void comes into contact with that of a Terra Incognita.”

Starck collection in 90ml version

The bottles of these fragrances are complementary to each other. They are made from glass with an organic shape inside where the liquid is housed. This shape is elongated if you place the bottles all together creating a sculpture. The Starck Paris collection is available from September 2016. Exclusively sold at Neiman Marcus. The bottles come as 40ml EDT for the price of $100, and 90ml EDT for the price of $150.

Miguel Matos is a Portuguese journalist obsessed with perfume. Miguel likes to see himself as a fragrance curator, investigating perfume as contemporary art. He directs his own cultural magazine, Umbigo, and writes texts for museums and galleries. He is a vintage perfume collector and organizes regular talks called Vintage Perfume Sniffing. Honorable member of the International Perfume Bottle Association. He also writes on beauty and grooming for He is a Fragrantica writer, translator and editor of


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Yes, I liked the green one also. To me it was reminiscent of Martin Margielas Untitled.


I smelled them all last weekend. Peau d'Ailleurs was a decent aquatic/marine/vegetal scent, Peau de Soie had lovely floral top notes but the dry down was not all that. Peau de Pierre was totally boring to me.


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