Hermès launches lighting collection at Salone del Mobile

Hermès chose the spectacular late 18th-century Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan as the atmospheric setting in which to launch the fourth edition of its home collection, Hermès en lumière, which includes lighting for the first time.

Hermès presented three LED lighting collections and although each was very different in form, all exhibited the brand’s DNA with finely crafted materials and frames elegantly wrapped in their signature leather.

The Lanterne d’ Hermès was designed by the French light scenographer Yann Kersalé. A modular light with a rechargeable battery, it takes its cues from sailing or old carriage lamps, and can be used indoors or out.

Pantographe and Harnais, inspired by an architect’s drawing implement and Hermes’s equestrian heritage  respectively, were both designed by Michele de Lucchi, whom Hélène Dubrule.

The large articulated floor light, Lampadaire Arche, from the Pantographe range is particularly refined with its slender frame, double-dimmer system, and silk twill shade. It even features a leather-covered flex.

Also on display were new re-editions of a chair, console and bench by Jean-Michel Frank that were first designed with Hermès in 1924. The brand’s collaboration with French designer Philippe Nigro continues apace in the form of the Curiosités d’ Hermès, a series of three furniture pieces inspired by the “cabinets of old” and created to “bring surprise and unexpected delight”.

These are based around the indulgent daily rituals life such as taking care of one’s shoes, afternoon tea and cocktail hour. Created from exquisite materials, such as ebony-finished pear wood, graphite Porosus crocodile and ebony Bosphore horsehair in the case of the Club Bar, each of these pieces, which can be customised, are likely to be priced at approx. US$503,000.