Living with scents, olfactory design exhibition at The Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco
February 12 : 8h00 – June 5 : 17h00
Image courtesy of Henrik Kam
The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) is housing Living with Scents, from February 12 to June 5, 2022, featuring over 40 designers and artists from around the world whose work reflects and participates in the growing culturalization of all things olfactory. By considering the interactions of minds, bodies, and things, they mediate scents in innovative ways to raise a form of new sensory awareness. Guest curated by Elisabetta Pisu and Clara Muller, the exhibition focuses on objects, not just scented products, but creative and artful interfaces to deliver scents with manifold design outcomes, from the hedonic to the functional. It highlights major dimensions, themes, and approaches to olfactory design, structured into five sections : Ways of Sensing ; Nose Meets the Eye ; The Scent of Care ; A Scented Art of Living ; Spray it, Don’t Say it. Several works from each section are activated, offering an unique museum-going experience based on both smell and sight.
With the support of Nez