Whether or not design can do anything to mitigate the effects of deep-seated fear and racism is an open question, but it seems worthwhile to at least try. After the marches yesterday mourning the…
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"Mr. Mayer noted that one slight consolation for people crowded into coach is that all those other passengers emit lots of moisture, which keeps cabin humidity at around 15%. In sumptuous first-class cabins, humidity can plunge to 5%, sapping the bouquet from champagne and caviar."
A designer who creates objects and spaces engages our sensations of touch, sight, and sometimes hearing. But what of our noses? Despite olfaction’s unmatched ability to evince memories and emotions—two essential objectives of design—smell is a relatively untapped medium in design practice. Combining scents with design was the challenge put to five designers, deemed “accidental perfumers,” by the organizers of HEADSPACE: On Scent as Design a symposium recently held in New York through the joint collaboration of Seed, Parsons the New School for Design, MoMA, International Flavors & Fragrances, and Coty. Selected for their diverse approaches to design, each “accidental perfumer” was paired with two professional perfumers from IFF and commissioned to explore how evanescent chemistries, when translated into smell, shape our experience of space and time. Though the participants chose to take their projects in radically different directions, they all came to the same conclusion: This is only the beginning. Many of the works you’ll see in this slideshow represent just the starting point for what promises to be a fruitful merger of olfaction and design.
"The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it was designating the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn a contaminated Superfund site, paving the way for a cleanup of the decades of pollution there.”
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The musk of marvel comics action figure, Stinkor, as described in a post on Basenotes blog. The doll feature a scratch’n’sniff pad that releases a musky odor as the are interacted with and come packaged with a booklet aptly entitled “The Stench of Evil”. I wonder if children who played with Stinkor have stronger memories of this particular doll than his unscented colleagues?
The larger question of the article raises the potential carnal delight in musky smells after a long period of clean/fresh scents in the nineties marketplace. And begs the question, after the 20th century modernist’s banishing of smell from design and the individual… is body odor back?