Hermès shows its colours | Hermes
Hermès shows its colours
The 2018 chromatic palette punctuates interior decor, backs up powerful drawings, and resonates in materials. Glossy and bright on lacquer, porcelain and textiles, colour is more matt and denser on leather and wood.
Rigorous creativity and joyful meticulousness
To shed light on this chromatic quirk, Charlotte Macaux Perelman and Alexis Fabry, the two artistic directors of this universe, explain that “colour draws attention to another scale of objects”.
“Very often, it’s the material that determines the colour, dictating it.”
Charlotte Macaux Perelman and Alexis Fabry
As a result, small creations and furniture surprise us, as with a trompe l’oeil. Is this architecture or porcelain? A monumental painting or a plaid? Colour brings drawings to life and animates materials.
Colour is another name for creativity with this Hermès oxymoron, where the precision and quality of the object express its rigour.
A powerful, poetic, soul-stirring object is the fruit of bright tones conversing harmoniously together. Yet, according to Charlotte Macaux Perelman and Alexis Fabry, we should remember this basic premise: “Very often, it’s the material that determines the colour, dictating it.”
Colour’s most natural ally is fabric, where it shines most brightly and best serves imaginative narratives.
When it comes to decorated porcelain, colour leads to all sorts of associations. For instance, the new china set, A Walk in the Garden, a reverie on Nigel Peake’s drawings, evokes the freedom and lightness of English landscape gardens, thanks to a palette pared down to four subtle tones whose interplay gives free rein to a multitude of joyful superimpositions.
Colour also extends its influence, in a more surprising way, over furniture, where it blooms in the interstices: usually confined to leather, a chair cushion or bench seat is now proposed in coloured fabric.
As Charlotte Macaux Perelman and Alexis Fabry explain, in a nutshell, “Colour allowed us to free ourselves from leather.”
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