Hermès to debut first furniture collection in Milan show
February 2011: It’s a case of apt and well-thought off diversification. International luxury brand Hermès will be taking part in the Milan International Furniture Show for the first time from 12 to 17 April 2011.
In a space specially conceived by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines at La Pelota, on Via Palermo, Hermès will be presenting a comprehensive range of designs for home, including its first line of contemporary furniture, an extensive range of furnishing fabrics, wallpaper and carpets.
Under the aegis of Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the house will be showing a first collection of furniture produced in collaboration with eminent contemporary designers. “This collection represents an opportunity for a new expression of Hermès’ values in the field of furniture, faithful to its artisan spirit and imbued with the values of functionality and comfort,” says Pierre-Alexis Dumas.
The eminent designers include Enzo Mari, one of the most influential figures in Italian design, who chaired the jury of the first Prix Émile Hermès awarded in Milan in 2008. He has conceived a set of furniture for the office and dining room. Antonio Citterio, another eminent and distinctive figure, has designed a line of furniture for the living room. Denis Montel, artistic director of RDAI, the Parisian interior architecture agency, which has been working with Hermès since 1978, has co-designed with Eric Benqué a chair that is also a Hermès ‘signature object’.
These collections will be available from September 2011 at select Hermès stores around the world.