Paper Passion Perfume by Geza SchoenPaper Passion Perfume by Geza Schoen

Paper Passion Perfume

Contribution byGeza Schoen, Karl Lagerfeld, Günter Grass

Hardcover | July 12, 2012

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Paper Passion Perfume captures the unique olfactory pleasures of the freshly printed book. Designed by boutique perfumer Geza Schoen in close consultation with Gerhard Steidl and in collaboration with Wallpaper magazine, the book expresses that distinctive mix of paper and ink which gives a book its unmistakable aroma. Schoen spent days in the depths of the paper-filled Steidl headquarters in Göttingen, sifting through books, papers samples and inks, to find inspiration for a perfume that is true to books, wearable and which ages well--just like a good book. It took Schoen 17 trials to preserve what he calls "the right balance between the smell of paper as such and an enjoyable perfumistic aesthetic." The elaborate packaging of Paper Passion Perfume does more than justice to the perfume within. The packaging is a real book with a cut-out compartment in which the bottle sits. The first part of the book contains texts on the pleasures of paper and the Paper Passion project by Nobel Laureate Günter Grass, Karl Lagerfeld, Geza Schoen and Wallpaper Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers. The end product is a unique perfume--an homage to the luxurious sensuality of books and, in Karl Lagerfeld's words, "the silent smell of paper."
Born on October 16, 1927 in Gdansk, Poland, Günter Wilhelm Grass was a member of the Hitler Youth in the 1930s. At the age of 16, he was drafted into the German military, was wounded, and became a prisoner of war in 1945. His first novel, The Tin Drum (1959), selected by the French as the best foreign language book of 1962, is the stor...
Title:Paper Passion PerfumeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:7.25 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:July 12, 2012Publisher:SteidlLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3869305010

ISBN - 13:9783869305011


Editorial Reviews

[Tom Biederbeck] Here at Felt & Wire, we're used to people telling us about their experiences with the printed page -- sometimes in the most intimate terms (we are "paper-obsessed," but not in that way). So it's with mild incredulity and a sense of "here's an idea whose time has come" that we greet the arrival of Paper Passion, a perfume with the aroma of a freshly printed book.Paper Passion is by perfumer Geza Schoen, Gerhard Steidl and Wallpaper* magazine, with packaging by Karl Lagerfeld and Steidl. Reportedly, Gerhard Steidl was inspired by Lagerfeld to consider the intoxication that the aroma of books brings upon bibliophiles."The smell of a freshly printed book is the best smell in the world." -- Karl LagerfeldWallpaper* commissioned the fragrance for its exhibition Handmade, in Milan, Italy. "You have a book, you open it, there's a bottle inside and it smells of a book," says Schoen. "It might be quirky, but the idea has a simplicity, a linearity."The package includes commentary from Karl Lagerfeld, Gunter Grass, Schoen and Tony Chambers. Buy it here . decide later if it works best at your literary salon, in your library, or bedside.Paper Passion by Gerhard Steidl and Geza Schoen, published by Steidl/www.steidlville.comby Tom Biederbeck, Felt & Wire, August 16, 2012