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Scents of Place

Pair Shoyeido incense sticks with a Ginori 1735 burner for a sensorial, global journey.

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THEY SAY THAT scent is our most transportive sense. Drop a pancake on a griddle and instantly I’m 8 years old, standing in my mother’s kitchen. Anyone who loves to travel appreciates that moment — click — when you realize you’re somewhere else. We can’t always be on the road, though, so lately, when I’m longing for a change of scenery, I try to transform my internal landscape by making subtle adjustments to my home.

Shoyeido Nanshu incense sticks and the Ginori 1735 Cameo La Gazelle d’Or Cameo incense burner come from centuries-old brands and both instantly transport you to far away places.

Let’s start with the incense sticks: They’ve been handcrafted by the Hata family in Kyoto since 1705 and, according to the company, they’re the incense of choice for most temples in Japan. Nanshu, in particular, features dreamy notes of sandalwood and chai spice that create a layered, yet serene atmosphere.

Pair them with Ginori 1735’s porcelain Cameo La Gazelle d’Or incense burner, which is made near Florence but inspired by Marrakech, and you’ve traveled halfway around the globe in one whiff.

The Italian porcelain manufacturer’s sumptuous tableware and decor has circulated around Europe since — you guessed it — 1735. And though the designs have evolved over the years, veering toward minimalism in the 1950s before returning to classical ornamentation, the maison remains synonymous with timeless luxury. The burner’s English designer, Luke Edward Hall, describes himself as a person with a deep love of “the past — an ancient past, mythological, an age of elegance where there were no computers or highways.” Yes, please, transport me there.



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Laura Smith Writer

Laura Smith is the deputy editor of Departures. Previously, she was the executive editor of California magazine and has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the Atlantic, and many more. Her nonfiction book, The Art of Vanishing, was published by Viking in 2018.

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Nacho Alegre is a photographer, publisher, and creative director based in Barcelona. After studying law, Nacho became a photographer shooting mostly campaigns and editorials. In 2008 he co-founded Apartamento magazine with Omar Sosa and Marco Velardi. There, he acts as a publisher and creative director. Apartamento is widely recognized as today’s most influential interiors magazine. International, well-designed, and simply written it is an indispensable resource for individuals who are passionate about the way they live. In 2018 Apartamento Studios was established as a creative agency. With offices in Barcelona and New York City and satellite studios in Berlin and Milan, the agency is the result of more than ten years’ worth of insights gained from working in the creative industries and publishing.

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