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Smell, The Beauty of Decay: SmellScape Central Park Autumn 2015

This is a Smell. It was designed by Sissel Tolaas and company: International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc. (IFF). It is dated 2015–2016. Its medium is microencapsulation.

For Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, the museum commissioned Tolaas to create a new smell inspired by Central Park in New York City. Tolaas spent several days there in October 2015 gathering distinctive smells.

It is credited Commissioned by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

  • Scent Bottle
  • shagreen.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1931-86-117-a/c
  • Sidewall, Cherry Forever
  • screenprinted, microencapsulated scented oils.
  • Gift of Flavor Paper and Michael Angelo.
  • 2007-36-1

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Ether Inhaler (USA)
  • glass, horn, metal, textile wrapping, wooden base (not original to the object).
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Cat. M-09244.
  • 14.2012.43
  • Smell Lab, Smell Lab
  • bottles, printed labels, smell analysis papers.
  • Courtesy of Sissel Tolaas and IFF.
  • s-e-1877

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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