Designer Irma Boom created an ink-less book for the perfume Chanel No. 5.
The airy white-paged book is totally ink free and tells the story of Gabrielle Chanel and the making of Chanel No. 5. The book is 300 pages and 5 cm thick – a nod to the perfume’s name!
The pages were first designed on aluminium plates. Then embossed on an ink-less letterpress. They then had to figure out how to bind the book without pressing it since that would obviously ruin the embossing. The book is bound but not cut, which makes its edges uneven.
Though Boom has infused her pages with smell in the past, she refused to do it for the Chanel book— “It would have been too literal,” she says.