Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Hermès Petit H Travelling Project

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.

Ring party game in calfskin by Marina Chastenet. The wooden structure of the game set was encased in calfskin and assembled by the saddler, leather goods craftsmen, and machinists in the Petit H workshop. The rope rings were originally meant to be handles of a handbag model.

Leather and textile doghouse by Christian Astuguevieille

Leather mirror with metal pieces by Thomas Boog. He was inspired by the metallic pieces he found in the workshop. He then combined two very different textures to create this product. The metals were either carefully attached one by one or directly hammered onto the leather.

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.

Round mirror with silk crown, again by artist Thomas Boog. This time, he drew inspiration from silk pieces in the workshop. The shape of the sun came to mind. This is a feminine mirror as indicated by the scarf materials. The mirror has a leather piping and the back is covered by Toile H canvas.

The round mirror on the upper right corner is the masculine version (if you're a man who likes yellow) as the silk crown is made up of ties rather than scarves. The teapot cover in the upper centre part used a silk print called Circuit 24 Faubourg which is one of my favourite prints.

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

Chaine d'Ancre chest in leather and crocodile by Christian Astuguevieille. He paid tribute to the iconic Hermès 'chaine d'ancre' link (think of an untwisted number eight) and made a chest covered with calfskin and trays placed on top made of crocodile skin that form the link.

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.

Sculpture seated leather lioness by Marjolijn Mandersloot. Specializing on animal structures, she saw the wrinkles on the leather as realistic representation of her work. The leather lioness is stuffed with foam balls to make it a comfortable seat. Silk floss was added to the feet to allow the figure to assume a propped up position.

Cuckoo clock queen card by Petit H. The clock mechanism is encased in a wooden structure, sealed by thin layers of leather on the sides, then covered at the back and front by decorative playing cards. The skived leather on the sides creates an illusion of a real set of playing cards. The chains are palladium-coated, and the weights covered with real playing cards. Half-hours and hours are marked by the recorded sound of galloping hooves, which I must say, is the only flaw of this exceptional piece as the sound isn't far from a transistor radio. Mind you, a state-of-the-art sound system isn't the brand's expertise.

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!


  1. Wow…I love learning what is going on around the globe with you my dear! "Petite h" is fabulous. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. You're welcome Kelly! You would've enjoyed it more if you were there yourself. Happy Thanksgiving by the way! x

  2. Thanks for the tour, babe.;) Unfortunately, I'm not visiting London anytime soon so I wouldn't see this if it weren't for you! That pleated silk necklace is just gorgeous, that would make a perfect addition to my accessory collection actually.:)

    1. Hey Peet, love your blog (I mean it!). I'll see you there :) Oh yeah, that necklace was so light, much much lighter than a twilly, the smallest piece of silk scarf Hermes makes. Gorgeous indeed. Thanks for dropping by :)

  3. I will be in London next week but I won't be able to make it to see this. Would have loved it but thanks for sharing your pics!

    1. You're welcome Anouka! It's a shame though that you'll be in town but won't see it. Let you know where the next stop is should I find out :)

  4. What a lovely idea to utilise the discontinued and surplus fabric and materials. I could think of a thing or two I'd have liked them to make me. This must have been a really interesting visit, even just to be in the presence of things that have 'evolved' from the Hermes factory - JEALOUS. Listen out for anything similar happening in Birmingham although I did say I would pay a pleasure visit to London before the year is out! Have a fab weekend hun - so glad it is Friday!! xxx

    1. I look forward to that pleasure visit :) I hope you're safe from black Friday shopping? I thought about you, but then again we are ASOS girls with annual delivery paid for, so no sweat. Hahahaha. Have a lovely weekend x

  5. Tnx for sharing my dear .... so original creations!!!!!
    Tnx for your lovely comment!!!

  6. Leather pieces
    :we are happy to read your post , its a very nice and more informative...

    1. Thank you Mack. I'm glad you found it informative and that you enjoyed reading it :)

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  8. Love this post, such a good read :) As well as the pictures, I especially liked the crafty mirror, so original.
    All the best for you, I'll be coming back soon!


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