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MEET THE WINNERS: 2020

 The Art and Olfaction Awards are proud to present the winners for the 7th annual awards.

September 17, 2020

LOS ANGELES and ONLINE — Guests and nominees gathered in a virtual ceremony to celebrate the finalists and winners of the 7th annual Art and Olfaction Awards. True to our times, the ceremony took place over Zoom, postponed from its May event due to safety concerns around Coronavirus. Like all Zoom events, the awards were virtual yet  intimate, with people joining in from their homes around the world .

Since the program’s inception in 2014 by The Institute for Art and Olfaction, The Art and Olfaction Awards have become a prestigious celebration of excellence in independent perfumery. Designed to raise public interest and awareness around new practices in independent and artisan perfumery, the Art and Olfaction Awards’ Golden Pear statuette is handed out to outstanding creators in the categories of independent, artisan, handmade and experimental perfume at its yearly celebrations.

The winners this year were, in the artisan category, Bonsai by House of Matriarch (Perfumer: Christi Meshell) and Nimbis by Parallax Olfactory (Perfumer: Linda Sivrican); in the independent category, Young Hearts by Bruno Acampora Profumi (Perfumer: Miguel Matos) and PostHume by Son Venïn (Perfumer: Rosine Courage) and the Sadakichi Award, Jónsi: Í blóma (In bloom), Hvítblinda (Whiteout), Svartalda (Dark wave) by Jónsi Birgisson (Perfumer: Jónsi Birgisson). In the Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume, the winner was Rasa, by Pomare’s Stolen Perfume (perfumer: Rachel Binder)

An international group of judges, board members and past winners presented at the 7th annual Art and Olfaction Awards. The event started with a welcome from the board of directors, delivered by Rubia Chaudri and Jeffrey Paul. Board members Ashley Eden Kessler and Daniel Krasofski wew joined by judge Deji Bryce Olukotun to explain the ethics and technicalities of the judging process.

In the independent category, judge Mark Behnke, and board members Sarah Horowitz-Thran and Julianne Lee presented the finalists and announced the winners, followed by judge Marta Siembab, 2019 winner Ryan Richmond (‘Rich Mess’) and judge Anahita Mekanik presenting the finalists and winners in the artisan category.

Mandy Aftel and Miss Layla presented the winner in the Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume in an emotional moment, followed by judges Simon Niedenthal and Darin Klein to present the winner in the Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent.  

IAO founder Saskia Wilson-Brown closed out the event with a talk that reflected the importance of banding together in uncertain times, ending the event on a positive note.

I want to remind everyone that great good is coming to the perfume community” she said.

This is happening because we are increasingly listening to and supporting the agents of positive change in our community. This continues every time we put aside anger, jealousy and fear to help someone with a decision, to share their good news, to give the moral support we all need. We are creating, in fits and starts, a small model for kindness and community in our difficult, angry society.”

The event was energetically emceed by board member Kendra Gaeta, with music composed and performed for the winners by board member Maxwell Williams (listen to it here).

The event ended with an impromptu dance party, where past winners, partners, friends, finalists all came together to dance, virtually, across the world.

As with past years, our panel of esteemed judges includes luminaries from the perfume and art worlds. This year’s jury included Anahita Mekanik, Andreas Wilhelm, Ashley Eden Kessler, Bibiana Prival, Dana El Masri, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, Eddie Bulliqi, Frederic Jacques, Mark Behnke, Marta Siembab, Sherri Sebastian, Yosh Han. Together, these judges blindly selected the finalists and the winners in the artisan and independent categories. The Sadakichi Award was juried by Anna Gerber, Darin Klein, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Peter de Cupere, and Simon Niedenthal. The Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume was selected in a separate blind judging process by Mandy Aftel, Jana Blankenship, and Jane Larkworthy.

Judging took place in late 2019 and early 2020, and was - as always – blind in the artisan and independent categories, as well as the Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume. Submissions were identified by a number, and accompanied only by an anonymized creative brief. Judges assessed a randomized set of vials based on creative and technical achievement, creating a score that combined with the other judges’ scores to give the overall ranking for each submission.

 

THE WINNERS FOR THE SEVENTH ANNUAL ART AND OLFACTION AWARDS

ARTISAN CATEGORY WINNERS

For perfumes that are formulated by the same person who owns or co-owns the company.

Bonsai, by House of Matriarch
Perfumer: Christi Meshell, USA

Nimbis, by Parallax Olfactory
Perfumer: Linda Sivrican, USA

 

INDEPENDENT CATEGORY WINNERS

For brands that employ an external contract perfumer or fragrance house to create the perfume formula.

Post_Hume, by Son Venïn
Perfumer: Rosine Courage (Fragworld/Sozio) for Son Venïn, Norway

Young Hearts, by Bruno Acampora Profumi
Perfumer: Miguel Matos (C de la Niche) for Bruno Acampora, Italy

 

SADAKICHI AWARD WINNER

For experimental practices with scent.

Jónsi (Hvítblinda / Í blóma /  Svartalda), by Jónsi  Birgisson
Perfumer: Jónsi  Birgisson, Iceland/USA

 

AFTEL AWARD FOR HANDMADE PERFUME

For an outstanding small batch perfume that was 100% perfumer-created, in-house, with no use of outsourced compounding or expansion at any stage.

Rasa, by Pomare’s Stolen Perfume
Perfumer: Rachel Binder, USA

 

 

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THE FINALISTS FOR THE SEVENTH ANNUAL ART AND OLFACTION AWARDS

 

INDEPENDENT CATEGORY FINALISTS
Due to several ties, there are 12 finalists in the independent category.

20|20, by J. F. Schwarzlose Berlin
Perfumer: Veronique Nyberg (Mane) for J. F. Schwarzlose Berlin, Germany
www.schwarzloseberlin.com

Accento Overdose, by Xerjoff
Perfumer: Christian Carbonnel (C de la Niche) for Xerjoff, Italy
www.xerjoff.com

Amyi VIII, by Amyi
Perfumer: Samuel Moraes (Citratus Symrise) for Amyi, Brazil
www.amyi.co

Bee, by Zoologist
Perfumer: Cristiano Canali (Argeville) for Zoologist, Canada
www.zoologistperfumes.com

Behique, by Renier Perfumes
Perfumer: Christian Carbonnel (C de la Niche) for Renier Perfumes, Czech Republic/Cuba
www.renierperfumes.com

Ganymede, by Marc-Antoine Barrois
Perfumer: Quentin Bisch (Givaudan) for Marc-Antoine Barrois, France
ww.marcantoinebarrois.com

Love Kills, by MASQUE Milano
Perfumer: Caroline Dumur (IFF) for MASQUE Milano, Italy
www.masquemilano.com

Moire, by Les Nez Parfums d'Auteurs
Perfumer: LD Garnier (Independent) for Les Nez, Switzerland
www.lesnez.com

November 2019, by Scent Trunk
Perfumer: Tyler Monk (Luvandus) for Scent Trunk, USA
www.scenttrunk.com

Post_Hume, by Son Venïn
Perfumer: Rosine Courage (Fragworld/Sozio) for Son Venïn, Norway
www.sonvenin.com

Squid, by Zoologist
Perfumer: Celine Barel (IFF) for Zoologist, Canada
www.zoologistperfumes.com

Young Hearts, by Bruno Acampora Profumi
Perfumer: Miguel Matos (C de la Niche) for Bruno Acampora, Italy
www.brunoacampora.com

 

ARTISAN CATEGORY FINALISTS

Due to several ties, there are 13 finalists in the artisan category.

Absinthe-Minded, by Anka Kuş Parfüm
Perfumer: Ali Erkekli, Australia
www.instagram.com/ankakusparfum

Bonsai, by House of Matriarch
Perfumer: Christi Meshell, USA
www.matriarch.biz

Eve, by St. Clair Scents
Perfumer: Diane St. Clair, USA
www.stclairscents.com

Fall, by Criminal Elements
Perfumer: Corey Newcombe, Australia
www.criminalelements.net

Impermanence, by Christèle Jacquemin
Perfumer: Christèle Jacquemin, France
www.christelejacquemin.com

Keman, by DI SER
Perfumers: Rajesh Balkrishnan and Yasuyuki Shinohara, Japan
www.diser-parfum.com

Nepenthe, by En Voyage Perfumes
Perfumer: Shelley Waddington, USA
www.envoyageperfumes.com

Nimbis, by Parallax Olfactory
Perfumer: Linda Sivrican, USA
www.parallaxolfactory.com

OBO #302, by OK Fine Fragrances
Perfumer: Steven DeMercado, USA
www.okfinefragrances.com

Perfumista, by Anatole Lebreton
Perfumer: Anatole Lebreton, France
www.anatolelebreton.com

Rasa, by Pomare’s Stolen Perfume
Perfumer: Rachel Binder, USA
www.pomaresstolenperfume.com

Weinstrasse, by Chatillon Lux
Perfumer: Shawn Maher, USA
www.chatillonlux.com

Wild Child, by CognoScenti
Perfumer: Dannielle Sergent, USA
www.cogno-scenti.com

 

SADAKICHI AWARD FINALISTS

Cerca (Closer), by Pablo Eduardo Schanton and Alejandro Ros
Perfumer: Various (IFF), Argentina
alejandroros.com.ar/artes/

Jónsi (Hvítblinda / Í blóma /  Svartalda), by Jónsi  Birgisson
Perfumer: Jónsi  Birgisson, Iceland/USA
www.jonsi.com

Notes, by Lauren Jetty
Perfumer: Renske van Vroonhoven (Attic Lab), The Netherlands/UK
www.laurenjetty.net

Olfactory Labyrinth V. 5: Invisible Footprints, by Maki Ueda
Perfumer: Maki Ueda, Japan
www.ueda.nl

Tree VR, by Milica Zec and Winslow Turner Porter III
Perfumer: Laurent Le Guernec (IFF)
www.treeofficial.com

 

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The Art and Olfaction Awards was founded in 2013 as an independent awards mechanism designed to celebrate innovation and excellence in artisan and independent perfume, and experimentation work with scent. The Art and Olfaction Awards are a program of The Institute for Art and Olfaction.

 

The Institute for Art and Olfaction is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Los Angeles, CA. The Institute for Art and Olfaction advances public and artistic engagement with scent. We do this by initiating and supporting arts projects that utilize the medium of scent, by providing accessible and affordable education in our experimental laboratory as well as in partnership with institutions and community groups, and by celebrating excellence in independent and artisan perfumery through our yearly award mechanism, The Art and Olfaction Awards. Through these efforts, we extend the world of scent beyond its traditional boundaries of appreciation and use.

MORE INFORMATION:
http://artandolfactionawards.org/
http://artandolfaction.com/

 

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