With most people having spent an inordinate amount of time indoors over the past two years, the home has truly become the centre of our universe. And while it might sound counterintuitive, that is exactly why artistic directors of Hermes Maison, Charlotte Macaux Perelman and Alexis Fabry, decided to showcase a smaller collection than usual.
Speaking to us during a video walkthrough broadcast live from the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Fabry shared why the team decided to have a particularly tight edit: “This year, we decided to show fewer things. The idea was that every object we wanted to show had to deserve the attention we put into creating it.”
Added Macaux Perelman, “More than ever, everybody feels that home — how it feels, and its atmosphere — is important.” With the pandemic creating a sense of remoteness for many, physicality and texture were the focus of this collection. The pieces were made of raw, natural materials, brought to refined life by exceptional craftsmanship and graphic lines. Here are a few highlights you might want to cosy up your own maison with.
01: Sillage d’Hermes armchair
From afar, this piece of furniture looks like a slatted wooden armchair. Designed by architects at Studio Mumbai, the Sillage d’Hermes armchair is actually a beechwood structure clad in a compound that contains cellulose microfibres from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified forests. The compound is made in Puglia, Italy, where papier mache was first created in the 16th century. The lines on the generously sized seat (measuring 96 x 69 x 86cm) are painted by hand, which means each piece is unique — just like its design.