Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stop! Hermés now does furniture?

I've been a follower of the Hermés brand for some time. Not their saddlery roots, or horsy designs for scarves, but for their handcrafting, innovation and collaborations. And for the fact that they have not gone down the LVMH route, which for me means that you don't end up on the edge of cheesiness like Louis Vuitton.

Enzo Mari, Antonio Citterio and the RDAI studio recently joined Pierre-Alexis Dumas, artistic director of Hermès, to design a complete furniture collection for the iconic French maison. Sofas, chairs, tables and other pieces accompany wallpapers and furnishing fabrics. Opulent materials like precious wood, leather and fine fabric are central to the project, come only second to their approach to design around the essential needs of comfort and and basic function.

Although not entirely to my taste (all a bit sombre and neutral even for me), the work is elegant, and I am sure beautifully made.  A large lottery win will be needed before I can view these products with any more than envy.

Scource: Cool Hunting

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