Hermes @ Milan Design Week 2011

Hermes @ Milan Design Week 2011

The French fashion house will make its debut at the Salone del Mobile with its first collection of contemporary furniture by Enzo Mari, Antonio Citterio, Denis Montel and Eric Benqué, hot on the heels of the pieces it reissued from Jean-Michel Frank in November last year.

These will presented alongside fabrics, wallpapers and carpets in a space specially conceived by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines in La Pelota

Hermès will re-release certain iconic pieces that Jean-Michel Frank designed in 1924. Among them is the Confortable armchair, a straw-marquetry screen, a shagreen-covered vanity and the designer’s X-base dining table.

Aslo Hermes in collaboration with Italian textile manufacturer Dedar, will present a range of home fabrics, wallpaper and carpets. Under the label of newly formed venture Faubourg Italia.

via La Pelota

Already known for its textile collections and table services, Hermes recently went back to its roots and in November 2010 it presented a reissue of furniture by Jean-Michel Frank at its new Parisian store. In Milan, under the guidance of Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the house will be showing a first collection of furniture produced in collaboration with eminent contemporary designers.

“This collection represents an opportunity for a new expression of Hermes’ values in the field of furniture, faithful to its artisan spirit and imbued with the values of functionality and comfort,” explains Pierre-Alexis Dumas. Enzo Mari, an influential figure in Italian design, has conceived a set of furniture for the office and dining room. Antonio Citterio, another eminent and distinctive figure, has designed a line of furniture for the living room.

Denis Montel, artistic director of RDAI, the Parisian interior architecture agency, which has been working with Hermes since 1978, has co-designed with Eric Benque a chair that is also a Hermes ‘signature object’.

One of most recognizable names in fashion, Hermes, is about to amaze the interior design world with a new line of furniture and upholstery fabrics. Long known as the leading designer of luxury products such as bags, scarves, perfume and shoes Hermes joins up with Italian specialty manufacturer DEDAR to create a wide range of exclusive upholstery fabrics. When one sees the Hermes brand on a handbag or scarf everyone knows that the owner of that product is a person of sophisticated style and class.

Now that quality moves into the home with Hermes’ Jean Michel-Frank collection of iconic furniture designs.

Jean Michel-Frank is viewed as the maître of understatement and the most influential designer of the 1930s with his walls of rye-straw marquetry, sofas of creamy glove leather and screens dressed in mica. Because of his tragic suicide in 1941 access to Frank’s work has been limited to museums or private collections until now. Frank’s minimalist approach and simple designs offer a discreet elegance which will make any home functional and beautiful. What better way to remember the 70th anniversary of Frank’s death than with the launching of a line of furniture based on his genius designs.


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