4.5 × 6.3 × 0.68 in
July 12, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 3869305010
ISBN - 13: 9783869305011
From the Publisher
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 perfume expresses that peculiar mix of paper and ink which gives a book its unmistakable aroma, along with the fresh scent which a book opened for the first time releases. 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."
About the Author
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 story of Oscar Matzerath, a boy who refuses to grow up as a protest to the cruelty of German society during the war. It is the first part of his Danzig trilogy, followed by Cat and Mouse (1961) and Dog Years (1963), and was made into a movie by director Volker Schlondorff, winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1979. His other works include Local Anaesthetic, The Flounder, Crabwalk, and Peeling the Onion. He has been honored many times, including a distinguished service medal from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1980 which he refused to accept. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.
[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 Lagerfeld
Wallpaper* 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.com
by Tom Biederbeck, Felt & Wire, August 16, 2012