Susan Stone: Scent Reporter

Susan Stone, the journalist who recently reported on Olfactory Art for Monocle radio’s Arts Review program, is in fact a veteran who’s been reporting on the cultural aspects of scent for years! Susan is an American-born, Berlin-based journalist writing about culture, social issues and business with a focus on Germany and Europe. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, WWD, and Spiegel Online, and has been broadcast by the BBC, NPR, PRI’s The World, Deutsche Welle, and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Here’s a selection of her coverage on scent art we thought may interest you:


18 August 2015
Section D (Episode 201, Chapter 2)
Geza Schön, perfumer
Monocle’s Susan Stone meets maverick Berlin perfumer Geza Schön at his studio. They talk about making perfume that celebrates the intellectual woman and the notes that make up his signature as a perfumer.

2 June 2015
Section D (Episode 190, Chapter 4)
DS & Durga perfumers, Brooklyn
Susan Stone meets the team behind Brooklyn perfumers DS & Durga.

28 April 2014
Culture with Robert Bound (Episode 133)
Scent Art in Berlin: Le Cinema Olfactif and Christophe Laudamiel at Mianki Gallery 


January 27, 2009
Around the Nation
French Perfume Museum Offers Whiff Of History (with transcript)
In the south of France, the city of Grasse has been the center of the French perfume industry since the 16th century. After four years of renovations, a museum dedicated to explaining and celebrating perfumery has reopened in this historic city of scent.

January 6, 2007
All Things Considered
‘Perfume’ — It’s Not Another Snuff Film (with transcript)
If the eyes are the window to the soul, what does that make the nose? Well, for a start, it’s the unlikely star of a new film directed by Tom Tykwer (who also directed Run, Lola, Run). His newest film, Perfume, is a dark and dramatic tale of obsession, murder and the quest for a truly transcendent fragrance. . .
You Smell Like a Million Butts 
(IFF coffret)
In the end, it was Human Existence that just about did me in. But it wasn’t a philosophical crisis — it was just a perfume smelling at the offices of IFF — International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc., in New York.

November 5, 2006
All Things Considered
Perfume Gallery Preserves, Re-Creates Fragrances
Ever wondered what Napoleon smelled like? Or what perfume the Romans wore to dinner? The answers lie at The Osmotheque — a fragrance conservatory in Versailles, France that collects, catalogues and recreates perfumes of the past.

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