Guerlain’s iconic Bee Bottle has received many artistic touches and remodeling in previous endeavors by the house. For summer 2022, Guerlain has just announced a new collaboration that will add a luxurious and exotic outlook to the beloved Bee Bottle once more. The inspiration behind this move came as a result of a blend between French perfume arts and the Arabian art of calligraphy and sculpture. The idea came from the mind of the young Tunisian young artist Mohamed Kilani Tbib, also known as Inkman.
Inkman saw calligraphy as an art that speaks directly to the soul, same as perfumes do. It is a language that is universal and requires no words to convey a message or a sentiment. So, it only made sense to combine the two arts and come up with a fragrance bottle that speaks to all your senses.
Calligraphy is the language of the soul. We feel emotions before understanding the letters. It is a portal to a magical world.” Inkman’s artistic expression adopts a variety of methods that exalt calligraphy and geometric forms, from graffiti to canvas paintings to sculpture. The artist has forged a formal vocabulary that crosses the barriers of cultures and language: Inkman’s language is as universal and as emotional as perfume.Guerlain
Being the son of a famous jeweler, he visualized a decorative gemstone of honey color with many bee emblems scattered around the bottle like a hive, resulting in an elaborate precious-looking bottle. Moreover, the glass part is embraced with refined Arabic lines that elegantly revolve around it.
“I LOOKED ON THE BEE BOTTLE AS THE BODY OF A WOMAN THAT I WANTED TO DRESS WITH A UNIQUE PIECE OF ART.“By Inkman
To craft this exceptional piece, the house took the necessary measurements for each bottle. The House has also called on the legendary Parisian jeweler Goossens in to handle the ornaments. Each jewel is laser-cut and polished by hand. Then, the adornments are carefully shaped by hand to embrace the curves of the bottle. On top of that, there are four layers of metal; warm-hued copper, then noble white bronze and silvery nickel, and finally, a glow of gold.
Top Notes: Mandarin, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Fig
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar notes
“An exclusive fragrance accompanies this exceptional creation: Le Songe de la Reine. The Eau de Parfum opens with the bright fruit of the Mediterranean sun -mandarin and bergamot- then reveals a heart note of refreshing, delicate fig, over a woody base of sandalwood and cedar notes. A sumptuous composition traced with bold strokes of noble materials, like a fragrant wind blowing from a Mediterranean garden to the lands of the Arabian Nights.”
IT IS A HIGHLY CONTRASTED FRAGRANCE THAT CONFRONTS THE FORCE AND SENSUALITY OF WOODS WITH THE VEGETAL VIBRATION OF FIG-TREE SAP.THIERRY WASSER, GUERLAIN MASTER PERFUMER
The new Guerlain Bee Bottle by Inkman is available on the official website only in 26 pieces Eau de Parfum.