The story behind
The association of Hermès the saddle-maker and furniture goes back to 1924, when French interior designer Jean-Michel Frank called on the house to create sleek leather upholstery for sofas and chairs. Continuing this narrative, the Sellier sofa makes more than one reference to the house’s equestrian heritage in an archetypal, modular piece whose design is led by a quest for ingenuity and surprises that delight as they reveal themselves. Materials and metiers come together: the cabinetmaking, the upholstery and caning. Within the harmony there are surprising cadences: like the interior of a carriage, this sofa has hidden pockets and compartments designed for the ease and pleasure of its owner; the saddlebags on the side of the armrest include pockets for magazines and the caned screen shelters a leather-covered box of secrets.