Smell and Touch; Exhibition design by Studio Joseph; Photo: Matt Flynn (C) Smithsonian Institution

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1400, Smell and Touch

Smells are difficult to describe. We often use metaphors from the other senses to describe a smell as bright, sharp, round, warm, cool, or green. Perfumer Christophe Laudamiel describes scent as architecture: "Scent designers build volume and textures. A scent can be cold, fuzzy, or fluffy." Touch the surface and smell the two scents. What qualities do the scents share?

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