The topography of matter


Text by Francesca Fontanesi

Playing on the ambiguity between what is past and what is present, the Hermès object has no age, transcends time. On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2024, the absolute concept of heritage and tradition is translated into the spaces of La Pelota.

La Pelota, via Palermo 10, Milan
April 16, 2024 – April 21, 2024




The Hermès home collections invite to extract oneself from time and create a dialogue between roots and movement, between materials and savoir-faire. On the occasion of Milano Design Week 2024, the maison presents its new collections along with objects from its heritage. Playing on temporal ambiguity, this pairing demonstrates that Hermès objects are not influenced by time and trends. Following a path on the theme of earth, evoking rooting with the world, the eye is drawn to a composition of raw materials – bricks, stone, slate, wood, and compacted earth – depicting a knight’s silk mesh. A powerful symbol of the house’s cultural heritage, the equestrian jacket with colorful geometric patterns inspires leather goods and fabrics. Containers, baskets, and leather centerpieces are crafted by expert saddle artisans. Craftsmanship virtuosity is also revealed in blankets with subtle shaded tones and in large cashmere bedspreads enriched with woven, dyed, or quilted and embroidered graphic lines. The line of the new Diapason d’Hermès armchair in leather and hammered aluminum is radical and elegant. The ethereal lamps inspired by equestrian vaulting and the delicate traits of the Tressages équestres table service are a manifesto of lightness and sophistication. A confirmation of Hermès’ spirit, uniting craftsmanship and excellence.

The Hippique bedspread is graphic, geometric, hypnotic. Designed by Studio Hermès based on a design by Jochen Gerner, this bedspread reveals a succession of flags with typical motifs of jockey jackets, made in colorful appliqués expressing the variety of existing equestrian motifs. Made of silk twill and cotton with tone-on-tone stitching and lined in cashmere, this unprecedented-sized item is also emblematic of a unique sartorial savoir-faire. But there’s also the Diapason d’Hermès armchair, also designed by Studio Hermès: this armchair directly inspired by modernist heritage perfectly combines material contrast and formal design power. Its architectural style is forged from two pieces of leather, forming the seat and backrest, mounted on a hammered aluminum structure now echoed by the Voltige d’Hermès lamps: this new line of lamps imposes its equestrian language with a thin stem in two-tone braided leather. Discreet and unique, it plays with textures, materials, and colors. For the first time, the craftsmanship of traditional saddlery and leather goods asserts itself through the creation of a line of home objects. The throw basket, buckets, and Derby centerpieces are entirely made of leather. A material that, in these objects, lends itself to every form of exploration in terms of construction, size, color palette, geometry: colored leather strips front-back, stitched and sewn by hand, are rolled up to form a basket, while centerpieces with leather inlay show off their graphic patterns. The soft leather, shaped by the virtuosity of skilled artisans, transforms into a solid object. Thus, the Hermès tradition expands into the intimacy of living spaces.

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