Phillipe Starck designs limited edition Nina Ricci bottle

by Grant Osborne, 13th October, 2010

French designer, Philippe Starck has designed a limited edition bottle for Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps fragrance. L'Air du Temps was originally launched in 1948 and was created by perfumer Francis Fabron. Notes include carnation, gardenia, rose, jasmine, spicy musk, sandalwood, iris root.

Starck has designed many things (hotels, toothbrushes, motorcycles), but this is his first perfume bottle. The bottle is inspired by the original 'two doves' bottle made by Lalique. L’Air du Temps by Phillip Starck Eau de Toilette Spray is available from November.

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    • blondex199667 | 13th October 2010 23:43

      Stunning bottle- if only they'd fill it with the original juice!

    • devilcat | 14th October 2010 10:04

      Hear, hear! L'Air du Temps was one of the first frags I fell in love with 30-odd years ago. Had a sniff recently and it was unrecognizable - and not in a good way.

    • Nostalgie | 14th October 2010 12:45

      I agree--I so wish they would have put the energy into recreating the original formula or something very close. It was unique, ahead of its time.

      [I'm not crazy about the new bottle, either. It looks like a weapon to me.}

    • blondex199667 | 15th October 2010 00:45

      It does look sort of like a Chinese martial arts weapon, but the juxtaposition between that and the softness and femininity of the juice is appreciated.

    • C Rose | 15th October 2010 00:51

      Wow, really DON'T care for that design. It seems incoherent and messy, and a poor interpretation of the juice. I think it will appeal to men more than to women.

      And does it stand up, or just lie there? (I avoid bottles that lie around instead of sitting up properly :-)

      Just as well it's a limited-edition, IMHO.

    • devilcat | 15th October 2010 09:22

      My first thought on seeing the bottle was 'dinosaur'.

    • david | 15th October 2010 14:49

      Looks very "toothy" to me...... Sharks teeth...... Jaws !!!

    • Kiliwia | 17th October 2010 15:47

      1st they ruin the perfume and now they put it in a horrible looking bottle. Come on Nina Ricci, you can do better than this.

    • Primrose | 18th October 2010 03:46

      I happen to like the old crystal "two doves" bottle. Elegant and romantic. This is an interesting shape, but looks too much like a shark's tooth to me, too. The notches look like finger-holds to me. A tool? Perhaps. But not a flacon for an elegant, feminine perfume.

      Nice for an abstract sculpture--maybe even a bottle for a new perfume, but this is not the bottle of my beloved L'Air du Temps.

      I love Sir Slarty's observation... LOL!

    • shoegal68 | 18th October 2010 12:17

      I'm just not getting it..... this bottle it looks like a dagger of some sorts, can this bottle even stand?

    • Olfacta | 19th October 2010 12:20

      Looks like something Klingons ("Star Trek") hurl at each other.

    • Madame du Barry | 19th October 2010 12:23

      Yes. It looks like a 1930's abortionist's tool. Horrible. :huh:

    • actiasluna | 19th October 2010 23:08

      Looks like it might stand on either of the two flattened bits, but it doesn't seem very nice to me. More like a Frank Gehry computer-and-committee building design than a Starck IMO. Would like to hear PS's concept comments. Does look as though it is meant to fit inside a hand. I'm thinking that a fist full of plasticine, squished, was the inspiration.

    • Futami | 25th October 2010 16:39

      Wow, that bottle is UGLY! I usually like Starck's work too but not this one. I dont see any relation to the original bottle either. That bottle is kinda out of place for the fragance.

      I remember smelling the original in the late 70's or early 80's. It was so beautiful. To this day I remember it. I have not smelled it in many years.

    • Flora | 27th October 2010 04:17

      Yes, exactly! The one they use for hand-to-hand combat! :-D

    • Francop | 29th October 2010 23:41

      Maybe Alien is around to dance with the bottle in the air of the times...?

      What is the juice like...?

      After all is Halloween...!!!:shocked:

    • dewey eyed | 26th December 2010 08:04

      Has anyone located this bottle in the wild? I've tried the 'bay, amazon, sephora, nordies, nm, barneys, sfa, and bloomies to no success. A general Google shopping search (L'air du temps Starck) had no hits. Even tried Harrods, Selfridges, and John Lewis. Any hints? Or was this a publicity stunt?

    • firehorse | 14th March 2012 01:02

      I'm the only one who likes the bottle - former art major.