CHRISTOPHE LAUDAMIEL 

Christophe Laudamiel is a world-renowned perfumer, osmocurator™ and trained chemist who has created fragrances for famous houses such as Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Tom Ford, Clinique, Michael Kors, Humiecki & Graef and Abercrombie & Fitch.   He is now Master Perfumer and President of DreamAir LLC, a unique enterprise in bespoke fragrances and Air Sculpture® designs, scenting with colleague Christoph Hornetz such places as the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel, the Ferrari, Lacoste and Belstaff flagship stores in New York City, Virgin Fitness in Milan and Cesare Paciotti worldwide.
 
Christophe authored and managed the 30+ scents for the first ScentOpera which premiered at the New York and Bilbao Guggenheim Museums (2009). In 2010, he co-created the scents of the permanent installation Garden of Addiction at the International Grasse Perfume Museum. In early 2012, he was the creator of the first solo show ever completely devoted to olfactory art in a main street gallery in Manhattan: Phantosmia, an installation of seven artistic scents at the Dillon Gallery.
 
To note are also his scent-track for the film and book Perfume (by Patrick Süskind for Thierry Mugler), Air Sculpture® designs and workshops for the WEF in Davos, an Elton John black candle and the Jason Wu Orchid Rain candle, Orchidelirium for the Royal Botanical Gardens (London), and Community - first olfactory retrospective of the EU (1957-2012)- at the European Parliament in Brussels. He recently installed an exhibit of 2 self-alternating scents for the Biennale at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and a permanent exhibit of another seven scents at the only American factory for the Blind (Brooklyn NY, Oct 2012).
 
He is often asked to give keynote speeches about his avant-garde approach to scent at renowned institutions such as Harvard and Columbia Universities, the French Embassies, the University of the Arts in Berlin. He is the first and only perfumer to have scents academically archived (at Harvard University and at the Grasse Perfume Museum) and is now founding the not-for-profit Academy of Perfumery in the USA. He has contributed several unique chapters to reference books in the industry and regularly collaborates with scholars, artists and renowned chef Heston Blumenthal.
 
Christophe Laudamiel is known for his pioneering work across fragrance media, leaving behind a trail of patents, new technologies to display fragrances and, of course, signature high-end fragrances of all kinds.

Education

  • 1997  Creative Perfumery Degree, Procter & Gamble, European Center, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1991  Master’s Degree European Higher Institute of Chemistry, Strasbourg, France, (Valedictorian)
  • 1986  Scientific Baccalaureat (Hon.)

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2012  Garden of Addiction, Quay Branly Museum
  • 2012  Phantosmia- All but the smell, solo exhibition, Dillon Gallery New York City
  • 2011  Garden of Addiction, International museum of perfumery, Grasse France.
  • 2011  Nihonga, Dillon Gallery, New York City
  • 2011  Weiss- vert noir, Dillon Gallery, New York City
  • 2010  Biblical Journey, Dillon Gallery, New York City
  • 2009  ScentOpera, Guggenheim Museums, New York City and Bilbao, 33 fragrances
  •            The Scent of Discovery, Matthias Kessler, Austria
  • 2008  University of the Arts, Berlin, Fashion Show, 2 fragrances
  •            Orlan, Le Baiser de L’artiste, Le Plateau, Paris, 2 fragrances
  •            Extinct and Impossible Smells, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, 2 scents: Hiroshima and The Plague
  •            The World Economic Forum, Davos Switzerland, 8 fragrances
  • 2007  Orlan, Gallerie Lambert, Avignon-France, 2 fragrances
  •            The Perfumes of Perfume, World Perfumery Congress, 15 fragrances
  •            Orlan, Musée d’Art Contemporain de St Etienne Métropole (3 scents)
  • 2006  The Biggest Power Show, “the Power of Scent”, Coalwash Bldg Zollverein, Essen, Germany
  • 2005  Visionaire exhibit, Art Basel Miami 2005, flavors “Guilty” and “Orgasm”, Miami
  •            Milk & Honey, Bread & Butter Barcelona fashion fair, 4 fragrances, 
  •            Iconosm, solo show with photographer L.E. Badessi, Living with Art Gallery, Soho, New York
  • 2004  Olfactiano with Peter de Cupere, first scent piano, Brussels, Belgium
  •            Visionaire exhibit, Trump Tower, fragrances “Success” and “Mother”, New York fragrance week
  •            Iconosm “Twirl”, Photo New York 2004, the First New York International Photographic Art Exposition
  • 2003  Visionaire opening exhibits, “Success”, “Mother” and “Heat”, New York, Paris, Saõ Paulo, London
  •            Iconosm, Art+ Fine Art Gallery and closing party Miami Art Basel, Miami
  •            Expansion #6 iconosm, Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery, Knocke, Belgium

Awards & Distinctions

  •            O-1 USA Visa for Individuals with Exceptional Abilities, since year 2000
  • 2008  Fifi Canadian Best Media Editorial Award to Marian Bendeth for article on Les Christophs, April
  • 2007  Fifi UK Award, Special Award for Education and Innovation for the Perfume Coffret, April
  • 2006  Fifi Award, Bath & Body Line, Island Michael Kors bath sand, New York
  • 2005  Rising Star Award Nominee, Fashion Group International, New York
  • 2004  Fifi Award, Prestige Interior Fragrance, Black Elton Rocks, New York
  •            Fifi Spanish Award, Prestige men’s fragrance, Polo Blue for Men, Spain
  •            Jury member, Gael & Feeling magazines’ for fragrances of the year, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2003  ASP Perfumers’ Choice Award (1 personal award, 2 nominations), New York
  •            Fifi Award, Star Men’s Fragrance of the Year, Polo Blue for Men, New York
  •            Home Fragrance CEW Award, Black Elton John Candle, New York
  • 1999  Procter & Gamble Special Recognition Award, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1991  Procter & Gamble National Fellowship winner, France
  • 1988  Bronze Medal, International Chemistry Olympiads, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1986  French participant, International Chemistry Olympiads, Leiden, The Netherlands
  •            Medal of Department du Puy-de-Dôme
  •            Medal of Regional Capital City of Clermont-Ferrand
  •            National winner French Chemistry Olympiads, Paris, France
  •            Special Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Award, Lyon, France