Hermès illuminates at Salone del Mobile
French luxury house explores the world of lighting
Today, Hermès is exploring new territory, that of lighting, as it collaborates with Milanese architect Michele de Lucchi to create the iconic French maison's first ever lighting system.
The collection which was unveiled at Milan's stunning baroque Palazzo Serbelloni consists of table lamps, floor lamps and a lantern design that pushes the brand's universe of the home to the forefront of furniture collections.
Development for the new unique project took nearly three years, "Every piece had to be engineered and studied very carefully," says de Lucchi of his collection for Hermès, "But designing lamps is always very exciting. It's the crossing point for many design topics - from technology and sculpture to furnishings."
De Lucchi designed two collections that were debuted at Salon de Mobile last week, with three designs in each. The Pantographe, inspired by a draftsman's instrument features the unique combination of leather and steel. The Harnais which is a nod to Hermès' equestrian background is made from saddle-stitched leather straps, also on display was the Lantern light which was designed by Yann Kersalé.
'It's not surprising to find fantastic quality today in an armchair. But you normally don't find this quality in a lamp,' de Lucchi states, discussing the collection's exquisite attention to handwork.
Hermès also presented a re-edition selection of Jean-Michel Frank's emblematic pieces, which featured a bench, an armchair and a console in wrought iron and bridle leather, an infusion of minimalist and avant-garde 1920s aesthetic.