‘smoking’ by matthias vriens-mcgrath (2006) copyright © matthias vriens-mcgrath for petite mort™




french-born creative director and design marc atlan has teamed up with perfumer bertrand duchaufour and kilian hennessy to create ‘petite mort™ (parfum d’une femme)‘, his first fragrance produced as a limited edition of 100 bottles. aiming to create a pure and ‘aphrodisiacally compelling’ scent, the dark perfume is an olfactory expression of total animalistic release. as a part of the project and launch, a selection of renowned creative professionals ranging from architects to photographers were asked to contribute an artwork that represents their interpretation of the fragrance and concept.


the roster of contributing creatives include fashion photographer max vadukul, graphic designers antoine + manuel, french designer christian ghion, american artist ellen jong and many more.

marc atlan: petite mort (left) ‘see me’ by rankin (2011) (right) ‘feel me’ by rankin (2011) copyright © rankin for petite mort™

marc atlan: petite mort ‘oh-no’ by max vadukul (1994) copyright © max vadukul for petite mort™

marc atlan: petite mort ‘standard sex at the standard hotel, NYC’ by olivier zahm (2010) copyright © olivier zahm for petite mort™

marc atlan: petite mort ‘l’inconnu XVII, petite mort’ by antoine+manuel (2011) copyright ©antoine+manuel for petite mort™

marc atlan: petite mort ‘from my shrink’s trashcan’ by jean-christian bourcart (2011) copyright © jean-christian bourcart for petite mort™

marc atlan: petite mort ‘carnal script, page 31’ by ellen jong (2011) copyright © ellen jong for petite mort™

marc atlan: petite mort ‘death + faith’ by wolfgang joop (2011) copyright © wolfgang joop for petite mort™

made by one of the oldest french luxury glassmakers verreries pochet, the glass bottle is of classic cubic proportions with a simple black band tied around the neck. the stopper is finished in polished cast metal plaque and features the bottle’s edition number engraved on its top surface.

marc atlan: petite mort ‘petite mort™(parfum d’une femme)’ by marc atlan