Hermes Home Collection

Salone 2016: Hermès

Two years ago Hermès took over the Palazzo Serbelloni to showcase its collection of lighting, furniture and textiles. The extravagant show, displayed in the spectacular surroundings of an 18th-century Palazzo, was one of the highlights of Salone 2014. This year, Hermès returned to Salone to present a new home collection. The collection was incredibly beautiful and was a mixture of reworked pieces designed by the architect Rene Dumas (whose studio RDAI designed most of the Hermes stores) and new pieces. Of the new collection, the stand out piece was the Sofa Sellier designed by French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. However, it was the staging of the exhibition that took my breath away. Hermès commissioned the Mexican architect Mauricio Rocha to create an imposing structure of grey concrete blocks inside the Teatro Vetra. This created a pavilion like structure, which formed the dramatic backdrop against which the collection was presented. Pieces of the collection were suspended by rope and everything was beautifully lit, echoing the spaces theatrical roots. In the hustle and bustle of Milan the Hermès space was a welcome oasis of calm and refined reflection.