Paper Passion

07_paper_passionby Geza Schoen, Steidl, Wallpaper* and Karl Lagerfeld

The Paper Passion perfume conceived for Handmade 2011, which bottles the seductive scent of a freshly printed books, was inspired by a throwaway line by German publisher Gerhard Steidl in the film How to Make a Book with Steidl, which suggested his favourite scent was a ‘freshly printed book’. Wallpaper* asked him to work with avant-garde perfumer Geza Schoen to try and bottle that scent. Into the mix came Steidl’s friend and long-time collaborator Karl Lagerfeld, who designed the packaging and chose the name Paper Passion.


These Futuristic Perfumes Smell Like Things That Will Be Destroyed By Climate Change

Artist Catherine Young figured she better bottle up her favorite natural smells before they disappear.


As climate change worsens, so will our collective sense of loss. Coastlines, cities, crops, and entire species will disappear. Artist Catherine Young has created a perfume line that bottles up the scents of things we enjoy today, but will be diminished—or gone—soon enough.


An Architectural Time Machine That Fires Scented Smoke Rings


Young London designer Hee Park manipulates space using smell, sound, and touch.

In a 1967, J.G. Ballard published The Cloud Sculptures of Choral D, a short story about a retired pilot who pioneers the art of sculpting clouds. The story resonated with young architect Hee Park, who believes that architecture is performative – heavily reliant upon time, motion, and rhythm.


“Olfactory art makes scents – and who nose where it might lead us?”


“Olfactory art” – art concerned with smell – is currently a relatively minor field. But a growing number of contemporary artists are starting to explore the potentials of olfactory art. [Last] year’s Next Wave festival in Melbourne presents Smell You Later (May 1-11), a series of “scent-based encounters” in bathrooms, corridors, lobbies and stairwells of various festival venues.

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