Hermès @ 2014 Milan Furniture Fair

Hermès and the home go back a long way. From the 1920s, objects for the office and for leisure were designed. Links were forged with furniture designers, among them the decorator Jean-Michel Frank.

A few decades later, tableware and textiles joined this universe. Furniture, furnishing fabrics and wallpapers followed, then Module H, a modular system of architectural elements, and the Nécessaires d'Hermès, a collection of occasional furniture, which combines exceptional materials, traditional craftsmanship and technical innovations.

Elegance and creation in perpetual movement, where a high level of savoir-faire, expert techniques and ingenuity come together to give life and soul to the home. Today Hermès is exploring new territory, that of lighting. With table lamps, floor lamps and a lantern designed to echo and to bring to the fore the furniture collections.

It is a natural complement to Hermès’ commitment to the universe of the home. An approach that is both essential and poetic, where objects, colours and luminosity cohabit. Coexist. Create a space for living and well-being. A harmonious eclecticism, given rhythm by refinement and functionality.

Moving from shadow into light means entering new territory, peopled with new stories. And encounters. With designers, talents, personalities, ideas, opinions, and expert craftsmen. At the heart of Hermès is the rapport between the obvious and the technical. In the 1930s, the lamps that equipped the workshop benches were already sheathed in leather. To protect their bases, provide durability, ensure they could be handed down…

For Hermès, lighting is at once understated, timeless and functional. A reference. An archetype. Useful and ingenious. It responds to a gesture, a posture. Without being a sculpture. Nothing is fixed. On the contrary: it combines elegant materials and intelligent use, all coupled with the highest level of savoir-faire.