Hermès is a brand that needs no introduction. With its seamless success in ultra-premium luxury, it comes as no surprise that in 2011, Hermès began to enter a new market in home furnishings. Under the direction of Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermès launched a collection of furniture, lighting, and objects for interior spaces.
Each piece within the La Maison Hermès collection continues the brand’s exquisite craftsmanship, eye for detail, and high levels of quality through the entire manufacturing process. The company has taken inspiration for their new market from some of the world’s leading architects and interior designers, past and present.
Jean-Michel Frank (28 February 1895 – 8 March 1941), arguably one of the most influential French designers of the Art Deco period, was not alive to oversee the development of Hermès’ first interiors collection, however his work very much inspired the plain-lined, sumptuous designs. Frank’s belief in perfect taste resonates in the Hermès collection’s exotic patterns, veneers, and top of the range materials.
Suffice to say, the French like to distinctly separate themselves from Italian design; perhaps it’s pride, or an age-old tradition that both countries credit themselves as better than the other. However, one cannot argue that true talent has a way of infiltrating the forefront of design, whatever side of the river you are from. It is with this in mind that Hermès cleverly chose some of the top Italian designers to collaborate on the La Maison collections.
Italian designer Antonio Citterio began collaborating with Hermès Maison in 2010 and was paramount in the development and construction of the brand’s first ever furniture line, the Métiers Collection. The much-anticipated release was showcased at the Milan furniture fair in 2011. Citterio rediscovered the distinctive features of everyday living furniture and the French word Matière (meaning matter) is reference to the pieces that matter in one’s home. All Citterio’s designs pay homage to the Hermès brand, with exquisite artistry throughout the entire manufacturing process.
It is with great pleasure that Leonard Joel announces a world first auction of pieces from the original Hermès Métiers Collection, in “An Important Collection of Hermès Interiors” on September 13, 2021. This most anticipated sale will feature over 70 lots from the iconic Hermès brand, never used, opened only for photography. Each piece is housed in its own handmade crate, with original Hermès dust cover and authenticity booklet. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a piece of design history, from arguably the world’s most iconic luxury brand.
ANNA GRASSHAM / Head of Modern Design
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