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Hermès’ Collections At Milan Design Week 2023

Prize(s) Winners in Fashion Design Lighting
Company L'Observatoire International
Lead Designers Hervé Descottes
Other Designer's names Etienne Gillabert, Elie Nespoulous, Francesco Secone, Giuseppe Bini
Client Hermès
Photo Credits Maxime Verret courtesy of Hermès
Completion Date 2023
Project Location Milan, Italy
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Entry Description

The power of fundamentals This year, the staging has been stripped of all excess to display a framework composed of iron rods and concrete. Its interplay of grids and lines creates, in this radical and powerful structure, an ideal yet very real space for representation. The Hermès creations for the home presented here assert strength through subtraction with effortless presence. This is the very essence of design, drawing inspiration from materials and expressed through skilled know-how.

Techniques and materials Know-how is given form with exceptional elements: blown glass for minimalist lamps, traditional upholstery for a simple, refined chair, and virtuoso hand embroidery for rugs with highly graphic motifs. Bronze, glass, wood and leather, showcased in their most elemental manifestations or juxtaposed, affirm this preoccupation with organic materials. The muted colors support the expression of figures that are central to the house’s heritage. Equestrian celebrations adorn a porcelain breakfast service with cheerful lines, as well as rugs and blankets that burst with imaginative flair.

Sustainability Approach

Simple shapes The aesthetics of Hermès’ creations for the home are inspired by the authenticity of their shapes and the innate strength of their minimalism.
Company Description

L’Observatoire International is a lighting design firm, founded in 1993 by Hervé Descottes.