hermès embraces raw materials for new home collection unveiled during milan design week

hermès embraces raw materials for new home collection unveiled during milan design week

during this year’s milan design week, hermès has chosen to pay tribute to materials for the presentation of their new home collection. within the setting of la pelota, in a space designed by charlotte macaux perelman, the luxury french brand takes visitors on a journey through structured paths of stone walling to explore a vast array of their latest products.

the exhibition was held within the setting of la pelota, in a space designed by charlotte macaux perelman
all images © françois lacour



rather than creating a bright and polished exhibition space to display the hermès 2019-2020 home collection, lines of traditional stone walling have been formed to divide the space and provide direction. displaying the colorful objects against this earthy backdrop creates a strong contrast and prevents the pieces becoming overwhelmed by a loud setting. from hanging fabrics and wallpapers, to beautiful vases and bowls, hermès’ signature colors and motifs are allowed to speak for themselves.

the show presented a journey through structured paths of stone walling



the concept behind the exhibition space is to honor materials and acknowledge the importance materiality plays in design. with different materials come different sensations and the right specification can play a vital role in the creative process. the space also encourages people to consider the origins of materials and creates the connection from a rough natural material to the refined hermès products on display.

‘au-delà du désert’ – this plaid is based on an original collage by nathalie du pasquier. the marquetery composed of marquetry composed of cashmere appliqués is assembled and hand-embroidered with silk thread

from hanging fabrics to vases and bowls, hermès’ signature colors and motifs were allowed to speak for themselves

‘les hippomobiles’ plaid – created by studio hermès, design by gianpaolo pagni

overall, the exhibition exalted a sense of materiality

‘paddock’ vases by studio hermès – a reinterpretation of enamel bracelets, using the geometric and colorful language of jockey’s silk. hand-painted herringbones, stripes and checks contrast with the taut lines of these cylinders in enamel steel.

‘coulisse’ table lamp designed by tomás alonso – a screen in colored paper reveals the geometric composition of a meticulously assembled aerial structure. equally delicate, a circle in copper-colored metal supports the light source and creates interplay of shadow and light evocative of a theater stage.

‘park and oseraie’ – tray, picnic basket and fruit basket

here, the vernacular skill of basketry is combined with the simple lines of these wicker objects enhanced with handles in natural leather

‘halo’ table lamp (white) designed by barber & osgerby – the dimensions of the lampshade in extra-white limoges porcelain present a challenge for the artisan.  it combines rigour and purity in an archetypal shape enlivened by a cable sheathed in pumpkin leather

‘hécate’ lamp, designed by barber & osgerby – an exceptionally dense telluric material, dark and robust, the black granite of the ‘hécate’ lamp constrasts with the white porcelain of the ‘halo’ lamp. it absorbs the light, allowing only a controlled circle to filter out

‘raw material’ exhibition by hermès



project info:


design: charlotte macaux perelman for hermès

location: la pelota, via palermo 10, milan, italy

duration: april 10-14, 2019

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