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. 

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

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.

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

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

hermès embraces raw materials for new home collection unveiled during milan design week
from hanging fabrics to vases and bowls, hermès’ signature colors and motifs were allowed to speak for themselves

hermès embraces raw materials for new home collection unveiled during milan design week
‘les hippomobiles’ plaid – created by studio hermès, design by gianpaolo pagni

hermès embraces raw materials for new home collection unveiled during milan design week  
overall, the exhibition exalted a sense of materiality 

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

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

hermès embraces raw materials for new home collection unveiled during milan design week
‘park and oseraie’ – tray, picnic basket and fruit basket

hermès embraces raw materials for new home collection unveiled during milan design week
here, the vernacular skill of basketry is combined with the simple lines of these wicker objects enhanced with handles in natural leather

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

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

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