Artist Anicka Yi’s Debut Fragrance Collection, Biography

Inspired by pivotal women in history, but predictive of the near future, each scent encapsulates a significant story through olfactory notes

For multi-disciplinary artist Anicka Yi, a project two-and-a-half years in the making now yields a collection of three fragrances and a consumer-facing olfactory brand called Biography. While it’s a bit of a departure from Yi’s typical work (conceptual pieces that lie at the intersection of scent, experience, and science), the process did not differ all that much. Yi, alongside perfumer Barnabé Fillion, tested samples and …

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 …