First published in: 30 Grad Magazine, Issue 2021/1
Text: Bettina Homann
Photo: Ricardo Wiesinger
The Craft of Smelling
Mr Bork, being a perfumer is a very unusual profession. How did you get into this line of work?
Most people have heard of the city of Grasse in southern France, but they haven’t heard of Holzminden.
Are raw materials for different perfumes still produced at Symrise today?
So you were an apprentice at Haarmann and Reimer?
Karl-Heinz Bork regularly creates individual fragrances for private customers and friends, which are then carefully bottled and packaged
Precisely. Developing perfumes is a very complex business and the formulas cannot be patented. That’s why you have to tread very carefully here.
How exactly do you learn the craft of perfumery?
What does that entail?
How many scents do you have to know?
It’s hard to imagine memorising all that lot!
From time to time the perfumer looks at the image of himself with a bouquet of lilies – Bork has fond memories of his time in Paris.
What was the first perfume you developed?
Did the scent go into production?
You left Holzminden at some point. Did a time come when the town was no longer enough for you?
I was entrusted with opening a creative studio in Paris for Haarmann and Reimer.