Speaker - Chandler Burr

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Chandler Burr is The New York Times perfume critic, writing its Scent Notes column. He has written two definitive books on scent and perfume, The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses, about a genius of biophysics and scent, and The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris & New York, which began as a New Yorker article; it tells two parallel stories of scent creation, on following perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena at Hermès creating Un Jardin sur le Nil, the other a year behind the scenes with Sarah Jessica Parker as she directed the making of Lovely.

Burr speaks around the world on scent and perfume and collaborates with chefs in creating interactive Scent Dinners, master classes in gourmand perfumes and the food-based raw materials (absolutes of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, pepper) used to make them.

Burr has an M.A. in International Economics & Japanese Political Economy and began his journalism career in the Christian Science Monitor's Southeast Asia bureau in Manila.

His novel, You or Someone Like You, was published in June 2009 by Ecco.

2 Programs

L2 Innovation Forum Highlights

11.19.09 | 00:06:57 min | 0 comments

Chandler Burr: The History of Scent Design in Three Acts

11.06.09 | 00:19:20 min | 0 comments