I recently had the chance to pop into Hermès Bond St. in London to view the luxury brand's travelling project called Petit H. Created by Pascale Mussard, the great-great-great granddaughter of Thierry Hermès, petit H products are unique pieces made from discontinued and surplus leather, silk, crystal and other materials that have been given a new lease of aesthetic life.
For those who are into the craftsmanship of Hermès products and whose cities may not be in the travelling sale's itinerary, here are some of the exceptional pieces which I can imagine many of you would love to see in the flesh. Enjoy!
|Greyhound sculpture in leather by artists Kidsonroof whose speciality is games construction. This is a tribute to the traditional greyhound racing in Great Britain. The leather pieces were creased, polished, stitched, and slotted together.|
|Leather and textile doghouse by Christian Astuguevieille|
|Up close, you can see that some of the metal pieces are the padlock and key for Birkin and Kelly, plates, and Clou de Selle buttons, among others.|
|A necklace made from pleated silk|
|Canvas clutches with round handles made of silk scarves|
|Net bags made of silk scarves, leather bracelets, silk necklace and bracelets, and silk Christmas baubles|
|Playing cards table in crocodile by Christian Astuguevieille. The challenge in creating this table was in selecting and cutting the exotic skin pieces that will showcase the scale pattern on the various parts and angles of the table.|
|Apologies as I cannot recall what this piece was or who the artisan was, but the expertise is highlighted by the pleated leather.|
|A more polite and poetic way to say 'please do not touch.'|
|Umbrella crystal change tray by David Pergier. An upside down umbrella as imagined by the artisan, the handle was given a palladium coated brass satin finish. The design of the St Louis crystal bowl gave the impression of an umbrella frame.|
|Door stops with various types of leather for handles|
|Leather and crocodile bench form pirogue by Christian Astuguevieille. The wood structure in the shape of a pirogue boat is entirely covered in calfskin with crocodile skin covered feet.|
|Some art de vivre products as seen in a different light. The series of cups is lighting fixture. The imperfect porcelain had been repurposed.|
|My favourite: a teapot lamp.|
|Ladle candle holder by Annick Tapernoux, a Belgian silversmith. A solid silver Puiforcat cream spoon was ballasted and sculpted to accommodate a tealight.|
|Decorative shelf form swing in calf by Stefania de Petrillo and Godefroy de Virieu. This swing, meant to be used as a shelf, is made of wood and leather. The straps are made of cotton and calfskin. Another favourite.|
|Rabbit pillow by Marjolijn Mandersloot. Once you're sat on it, the ears become the armrests. The hook and the handle then make it a decorative piece when hung.|
|Origami leather bear sculpture by Charles Kaisin. Japanese origami art was used in assembling this piece which has a metal structure wrapped in orange leather which is the house colour. It can be used as a console.|
Petit H travelling project runs until the 7th of December 2013. Pop into Hermès Bond St. if you happen to be in London around the time. All pieces are for sale, and I may even be able to tell you the prices of some in the comment box (and how much the bear console was sold for!). Hope you enjoyed the tour!