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Hot off the Presses: Tobias Wong’s Newsprint-Scented Candle

Still looking for that perfect office-warming gift for Jill Abramson? Get a whiff of Tobias Wong‘s The Times of New York candle, now available (in a limited edition of 1,000) from New York-based boutique Project No. 8. Wong, who died last year at the age of 35, had proposed producing a candle with the fragrance of newsprint inspired by The New York Times but didn’t live to see the project realized. His friends and collaborators at Various Projects and Bondtoo got the job done, settling on notes of guaiacwood, cedar, musk, and spice. Meant to mimic the aroma of black ink on newsprint, the scent is described by its creators as “powdery” with “velvet nuance” (terms we often use to characterize charismatic Timesman David Carr!). The $65 candles come in white glass jars that are printed with “The Times of New York” in the Gray Lady’s signature blackletter. Meanwhile, we suggest following your nose to San Francisco, where SFMOMA has mounted the first in-depth museum presentation of Wong’s work. The exhibition is on view through July 24.

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