Seeking Smells


Scent can be one of the most trickiest senses – often fleeting, and sometimes only noticeable when you are looking for it. Madeline, a new camera-like machine from London designers Amy Radcliffe and Helene Combal-Weiss, claims to “capture” smell, helping to identify and pinpoint the molecular makeup of scents, and making them last. Using perfuming technology termed “headspace capture,” the device extracts the odors from a source placed under a glass cone, sending them through a tube and into a resin trap of sorts that collects molecular data. The data can then be applied to oils to replicate the original scent.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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