Petit h l Hermes
Petit h, creation in reverse
At the petit h workshops, we do everything in reverse – or rather crossways. An object is born of existing materials, the latter breathing life into the former. At the crossroads of the house's know-how, craftsmen, artists and designers work hand in hand. Their challenge is to take a new look at materials, to reinvent, innovate and create dreamlike and useful objects.
Petit h stops over in Singapore !
In the heart of the Hermès Liat Towers, the essence of petit h flows intrinsically. From a fish-shaped bag to a suspended vase or even a mushroom paperweight, the latest objects of petit h join the city’s luxuriant flora.
From 22nd November to 15th December, 2019.
10:30am to 8pm daily
Hermès Liat Towers
541 Orchard Road
When the objects talk about their makers
A proudly fluid salt shaker
“I was born of the imagination of student from ECAL, the cantonal art school in Lausanne. My designer assembled a jacket button and a crystal bottle, both fitted on a section of leather using a fragment of cork; everything came together to make me a proudly fluid salt shaker. All it took was a clever mind to meet skilful hands for me to come into being, a one of a kind.”
The sweet melody of dreams
“At petit h, every object has its own unique music, and I am no exception to the rule. I arose from an ingenious hybridisation of a round music box, meticulous leather sheathing punctuated with a silk cord, and a dreamlike key. It can take the form of a cock feather or a duffel coat button – the stuff of dreams, surely?”
Behold, a foal!
“My designer, Marjolijn Mandersloot, specialises in producing giant, life-size or oversized animals. I am the newest member of a family comprising an elegant fawn, an exotic giraffe, and a collection of pandas. My skin is made from soft leathers, and microbeads make my body extremely mobile.”
Terrazzo: a material full of treasures
“My story began in antiquity, when unused fragments of marble from villas or statues were combined with chalk to form a noble and original material known as Terrazzo. In a laboratory in Veneto, Nicolas Daul and Julien Demanche – the two designers who created me – struck on the idea of using this age-old know-how and adding a petit h touch. I am made up of pieces of Hermès’ history: metal buckles, padlocks, mother-of-pearl buttons, and more. I am a shape-shifter; I can transform into a coffee table or jewellery.”
Photography: Alexandre Guirkinger
Head in the clouds
“The Italian designer Stefania Di Petrillo has been working with petit h since 2010. She is passionate about objects, their creation and their use, and loves nothing more than discussions with artisans.
The object is inspired by a story, and its use tells a new tale. The window displays designed by the artist for petit h this autumn are in her own image: poetic, intuitive and colourful, presenting jewellery, ties and accessories of all kinds escaping from cottony clouds. Entitled “La tête dans les nuages” (“head in the clouds”), the displays feature her Indian camp bed, the feet of which resemble children’s toy skittles, and the magical, baroque mirrors of Alice Cozon and Thomas Boog, as well as the leather-sheathed petit h music box. An ode to light-heartedness and reverie.”