hiroshi sugimoto for hermes: polaroid carres hiroshi sugimoto for hermes: polaroid carres
sep 13, 2012

hiroshi sugimoto for hermes: polaroid carres

installation of the new scarves for hermès by hiroshi sugimoto as part of ‘couleurs de l’ombre’ exhibition at basel, switzerland image © tadzio courtesy of  hermès




renowned japanese photographer hiroshi sugimoto has created a limited edition of 140 scarves for hermèsas part of the ‘couleurs de l’ombre’exhibition – with each one a redesign of the famed square scarves known as carrés. the striking gradient aesthetic for each piece was informed by sugimoto’s interest in the complex prismatic system of polaroid photographs that captures the first rays of sunlight in the morning. this ten year long investigation generated an impressive spectrum of colors which sugimoto translated to silk for hermès series – proudly exhibiting hues from brilliant yellows and radiant reds to rich greens and blues. through the project sugimoto broke free from his well-known heavy color palette, wanting to quash the opinion that there are only seven colors and posing the question – ‘why must science always cut up the whole into little pieces when it identifies specific attributes?’. there is a video documenting the process here. artistic director of hermès, pierre-alexis dumas, personally selected 20 of sugimoto’s polaroid images to print for the range which debuted at museum der kulturen in basel switezerland, the work is currently being shown at la verrière in brussels until the 29th of september and will be displayed at le forum on the 8th floor of the flagship gallery in ginza tokyo from november 14th to december 30th, 2012 in tokyo.



images © tadzio courtesy of hermès



the project was a ten year long investigation into the complex prismatic system of polaroid photographs image courtesy of hermès



image courtesy of hermès



image courtesy of hermès



image courtesy of hermès



image courtesy of hermès



image courtesy of hermès



artistic director of hermès, pierre-alexis dumas, personally selected 20 of sugimoto’s polaroid images to print image courtesy hermès



hiroshi sugimoto image courtesy hermès



the artist with his work images © tadzio courtesy of hermès



a scarf – known as the carré – from the collection image courtesy hermès



the polaroid  images were transferred onto the silk image courtesy hermès



the research produced various striking gradations of color image courtesy hermès

  • one word……rothko

    swank says:
  • want to see what effect crates by those color when the scaf being worn by a model.

    Skinner17 says:
  • Cool

    www.designcoholic.com says:
  • beautiful colors !

    dizayner.fr says:

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