Scent Detectives Define the Smell of Old Books

You know the sensation of pressing your nose into an antique book or walking through a historic library. But we’ve long struggled with the exact adjectives to describe these scents. Thankfully, two University of London researchers have developed guidelines for describing these characteristics through chemical analysis of volatile organic compounds. To translate this academic approach to the sensory world, the team partnered with visitors of …

Magna Pars Suites Milano

The world's first hotel-à-parfums opens in the heart of Milan

Located in the heart of Via Tortona—Milan’s mecca for fashion and design with its plethora of showrooms, advertising studios, architecture and fashion houses, plus hundreds of events during Design Week—the Magna Pars professional complex provides an essential reference point for creativity in the Italian metropolis. At the helm of Magna Pars is the Martone family, who recently expanded their enterprise by opening Magna Pars Suites …

Curio Noir

Naturally scented candles in beautiful hand-blown glass

The aptly named line of candles, cloth and curiosities from New Zealand-based Curio Noir ranges from the vaguely sinister Lilith Doll candles in the shape of a baby’s head to woven linen napkins with floral line art, but we were most captivated by the carefully scented biodegradable botanical wax candles in hand-blown glass. Certainly some may see the candle as little more than the go-to …