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An interesting blend of backgrounds and talents marks the new beauty- and fragrance-focused creative alliance called Pierre Dinand + Tim Girvin: Brand Design Masterworks. Paris-based Pierre Dinand ( has designed more than 400 perfume bottles in a career of some 40 years, including projects for Dior, YSL, Paco Rabanne, Rochas, Givenchy and CK. Seattle-based Tim Girvin's varied output spans identity programs, packaging and some 300 movie logos, including those for Braveheart, Apocalypse Now and The Matrix. He's also created brandmarks for the likes of Estée Lauder, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's (see It seems Dinand and Girvin met by chance in Paris, struck up a friendship and decided to collaborate on what might be called an international contingency basis, taking advantage of their multiple offices. "It's the thinking that counts," says Girvin. "Everything else can happen anywhere. After working for nearly 30 years, I'm seeing this as a way to learn from a legend, a master." Adds Dinand, "This is an opportunity for me to partner to advance the cause of form with identity — I will focus on the shapes of the products; Tim and his team will be working on the strategy, the identity, the package." Seen here are some Dinand bottles and Girvin logos, led by Calvin Klein's Eternity.

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