Petit h l Hermes
Petit h, creation in reverse
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
Objets volants by Jérôme Gelès
Welcome to Jérôme Gelès’ galaxy of UFOs.
Until mid-October, the Sèvres store window features the work of this visual artist, who occupies the space with flying objects that are both fantastical and in touch with reality. All constructed with the traces of our consumer society – mobile assemblies of cogs, pieces of machinery, parasols, old televisions, boxes or other packaging – his works, reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions, call into question our relationship with modernity and the reuse of materials.
The artist will present several creations specially designed for the petit h scenography, including an object with a six-metre wingspan, in which he hopes to fly...
In the season's window, Jérôme Gelès’ mobile objects are in good company, flying with Adrien Rovero’s “Frisbee”, Gilles Jonemann’s “Flying Teapot” and the feathers of Godefroy de Virieu’s “Jeu Bresilien”.