“I never buy fragrance – it’s an advantage of my job,” smiles Chandler Burr, a former perfume critic for the New York Times and curator of olfactory art. The experienced nose set up the world’s first department of scent art at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. EDGAR had a word with Burr at the elite Perfumery & Co department inside The Dubai Mall.
When did a fragrance first have an impact on you?
I’ve never even thought about this before. I don’t know if this is the first, but it is certainly the strongest, and it is completely cliché – it seems everyone gives this answer – but everyone gives this answer for a reason. My grandmother lived in Corpus Christi, Texas very near the Gulf of Mexico, and I remember the very precise smell of the city.
What was it like?
It was humidity and the sea air, the smell of her car from the 1960s, the smell of her house, her air conditioning.