Guerlain’s famous Bee Bottle has been given an Arabesque twist, with the French beauty house approaching the Tunisian talent Inkman to create his take on the flacon. Using his modern ‘calligraffiti’ technique, which combines traditional Arabic calligraphy and urban street art, the artist created a custom design exclusively for this 2022 collector’s edition release. His final design intertwines stylized Arabic characters with Guerlain’s signature ‘G’ logo, with his artwork wrapping around the perfume bottle circumference.
Each made-to measure piece was then brought to life by Parisian jeweller Goossens, with laser cut metal gold-plated for a shining finish. Part art object, part favorite fragrance, the Bee Bottle has now been launched in extremely limited edition, with only 26 signed and numbered pieces in total available worldwide. Inkman says that he was inspired by the feminine form for this East meets West collaboration. “I looked on the Bee Bottle as the body of a woman that I wanted to dress with a unique piece of art,” he explains.
The oversized one-liter bottle contains Guerlain’s Le Songe de la Reine, a Mediterranean-inspired fruity floral composition with notes of mandarin, bergamot, pink pepper, iris, fig, sandalwood, cedar, and vetiver, created by Guerlain house perfumer Thierry Wasser. “It is a highly contrasted fragrance that confronts the force and sensuality of woods with the vegetal vibration of fig tree sap,” says Wasser.
The Bee Bottle by Inkman is priced at approximately AED 37,805 at selected Guerlain boutiques.