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Aftel Archive of Curious Scents: Perfume Blotters


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Catherine Renee Dimalla

Brand Designer: Catherine Renee Dimalla
Perfume Blotter Designer: Foster Curry
Aftelier Perfumes Creative Director: Mandy Aftel



Mercurio Brothers, Berkley CA

As I look at these pictures I wish I could dig my nails into the paper as much as take in the scent being promoted. A small pieces of paper that can give you so much: tactile, visual, and olfactory. 



Mandy Aftel

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3 Weeks

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Crane’€™s Lettra 220 C

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1 Foil






Aftel Archive of Curious Scents: Perfume Blotters
Aftel Archive of Curious Scents: Perfume Blotters
Aftel Archive of Curious Scents: Perfume Blotters
Aftel Archive of Curious Scents: Perfume Blotters
Aftel Archive of Curious Scents: Perfume Blotters
Aftel Archive of Curious Scents: Perfume Blotters
Aftel Archive of Curious Scents: Perfume Blotters

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Project Description

A longtime fan of Mandy Aftel’s work as a natural perfumer and author, designer Catherine Renee Dimalla jumped at the opportunity to help Mandy and Aftelier’s Head of Operations Foster Curry with the branding of their latest venture: an intimate museum dedicated to rare and curious scents.  Mandy’s vision for the brand came to life through a luxurious letterpress scent strip or “€œperfume blotter”. A mirror-like gold foil nose engraving, inspired in part by a plaster cast of the nose of Michelangelo’€™s David, is enveloped by a combination of antiquarian typefaces to create a vintage trade card feel with modern crispness. Crane’€™s Lettra is not only the gold standard of letterpress stock, but its pure cotton content and fibrous texture makes it ideal for absorbing perfume. A Victorian hand ornament guides the museum patron through the timeless experience of sampling exotic essences for a memorable tactile experience.

Production Lesson(s)

The desire to have an isolated nose in the artwork paired with the desire to have heavy gold foil coverage proved to be challenging. Noses have such an organic quality, and this was hard to convey when what we ultimately wanted was an eye-catching amount of foil. We also went through countless iterations of noses in multiple styles, sizes and proportions in an attempt to get away from the downright phallic quality that noses have. In the end, I think we got very lucky in that the foil coverage and level of detail in the nose engraving were balanced perfectly by the skilled printers and Mercurio Brothers. ”

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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June 14, 2017


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