Hermès: from objects to spacesimage © designboom

 

 

 

Hermès’ vision of the home is first and foremost a state of mind. in one creative sweep, Hermès combines restrained elegance, noble materials and exceptional expertise with boldness, imagination and freedom. in 2011, this philosophy was embodied by a finely crafted range of furniture, furnishing fabrics and wallpapers. the following year, architect shigeru ban’s ‘module H’ modular system of architectural elements (which designboom covered here) made subtle reference to former Hermès designs from the 1920s and 1930s, particularly those created in collaboration with interior designer jean-michel frank.

 

today, Hermès unveils a new collection of cleverly designed furniture, fabrics and wallpapers that tell a story, bespoke pieces showcasing skill and surprise in equal measure. a contemporary vision of the Hermès lifestyle by philippe nigro.

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigrothe Hermès collection of furniture pieces by philippe nigro were presented in an installation of seven structures which each took on the symbolic shape of a houseimage © designboom

 

 

 

‘les nécessaires d’Hermès’ is a collection of eight valet stands, tidies and occasional seating by the french designer which takes its namefrom the french word ‘nécessaires’, meaning ‘essential’ pieces. each piece which composes the set of furniture performs several functions–the ‘essential necessities’ which can be used for sitting down and relaxing, for storage or for concealing incongruous objects. manufactured according to the high-quality traditions of cabinetmaking and upholstering, nigro’s designs combine craftsmanship and exquisite materials, such as canaletto walnut wood in warm shades, brushed steel, leather and Hermès fabrics.

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigrothe ‘les nécessaires d’Hermès’ collection was arranged in domestic settings presenting how the furniture pieces could be usedimage © designboom

 

 

 

presented during milan design week 2013 at the circolo filologico, the collection debuted in a scenic installation dedicated to the world of the house,alongside Hermès’ re-editions. seven structures taking the symbolic shape of a home–all elevated above the ground on pilotis–were each staged with an arrangement of nigro’s furniture designs for the french luxury brand, and how they could be visualized ina real domestic interior setting.

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigroimage © designboom

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigro‘carré d’assise’ low stool and occasional table with the ‘vestiaire’ coat rack and accessory holder on displayimage © designboom

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigroimage © designboom

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigrobird’s-eye view of the installationimage © designboom

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigroan interior setting feautures ‘méridienne’ seating by antonio citterio; ‘soleil round coffee table’ by jean-michael frank re-editions by Hermès; and ‘partition’ from the les nécessaires d’Hermès designed by philippe nigro‘quartz’ wallpaper designed by henry d’origny in vapour colorwayimage © designboom

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigro‘coffre à lutrin’–a three-part design with adjustable bookstand, pull-tabs and handles–and ‘carré d’assise’ low stool from the les nécessaires d’Hermès collection by philippe nigro‘pêlê-mêlê’ wallpaper designed by philippe dumas in grey colorwayimage © designboom

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigrolamps whose forms mirrored those which formed the installation illuminated each spaceimage © designboom

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigrogeneral view of the Hermès installation within the circolo filologicophoto by philippe lacombe

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigroback viewphoto by philippe lacombe

 

 

les necessaires d'Hermes by philippe nigro‘groom’, a faithful servant by philippe nigroimage © designboom