THE NEW SPACE AT LEE GARDENS
The elegant crystal chandelier hanging from the white ceilings has already attracted so much attention even if you are only looking into the store from the outside. Entering the store through the glass door, you will discover it is a wide space that is covered with stone floor and carpet with a light gray tone, coupled with a soft but brightly lit lighting and is divided into four distinct partitions by four movable walls, which are the living room, dining room and bedrooms respectively. With the decoration of a series of wooden furniture such as chairs, round table and shelf, and a collection of accessories such as utensils, silver cutlery and crystal glass bottle, it delivers a feeling such that we have walked into a private residence in Paris. The hundred-year-old fashion brand Hermès that specializes in making luxury leather goods has recently expanded their store at the basement of Lee Garden, Causeway bay, showing a collection of furniture and household products to the public.
Hermes has participated in the Milan International Furniture Fair for the first time last year, which reveals their interest in the development in this field. For the purpose of keeping their unique and historic style, they have invited a Paris interior design firm – RDAI, which is led by the well-known designer Denis Montel, to take charge of the design of the store (Denis Montel has been working closely with Hermes since 1978) and display the contemporary collection of this season through this 212 square meter of space. The highlight of this season is the re-launch of the classic furniture designed by the master designer, Jean-Michel Frank, from the 30s’. By applying the double needle sewing technique of saddle leather products, Hermès has successfully created a harmonic design with a blend of simple lines and cuttings and natural tones. On the other hand, the late designer Rena Dumas (the mother of the current Hermes creative director – Pierre-Alexis Dumas) has also played an important role in the design of a collection of furniture in this season, which is the Pippa mobile furniture series inspired by nomadic tradition.
In addition to the furniture we have introduced above, the store is also showing a collection of handcrafted leather furniture designed by the well-known designer Enzo Mari. Enzo is born in Italy and has studied classical literature in Milan. He suggests that art should be largely applied to our daily life, so we can put artistic theories into practice. Enzo is still very active now at his age of eighty. Moreover, they are also showing a chair
named Sellier that is designed by Denis Montel and another French designer, Eric Benque, based on the they have gotten from a saddle, showing a very high level of craftsmanship. At last, the crystal containers, vases, accessories and the chandeliers are supplied by Cristalleries de Saint-Louis founded in 1586. The silverwares are produced by Puiforcat, which is the only silverware brand that is listed in Louvre’s collection. Through the luxury furniture, accessories and a variety of unique carpet, fabric, wallpapers that are used in the store, we can totally perceive Hermès’ understanding and persistence on home living style.
Text: Vincent Lau | Translation: Nathan Cheng
Photo Courtesy: Hermes
The Lee Gardens Shop 02-04,
33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
+852 2907 2974