United under the ownership umbrella of Hermès of Paris, the three brands have a shared dedication to timeless design, beauty of hand craftsmanship and ncompromising standards of quality. And, now in their shared showroom designed by Rena Dumas Architecture Intérieure, which is responsible globally for all Hermès retail stores, the presentation of Art de la Table is seamless.
“A permanent showroom at Forty One Madison allows the brands to speak not only to existing retail partners during the shows, but also to be available all year long to the designer and hospitality communities,” said Olivier Péchou, vice president of Art de la Table and Interior Design at Hermès of Paris.
La Table Hermès was formed by the iconic fashion label in 1995. Story-telling signature Hermès silk scarves often provide the inspiration for the porcelain designs—distinguished by an array of poetic motifs and jewel-tone colors. New at the Spring Market were additions to the celebrated Bleus d’Ailleurs collection, a distinctive blue and white pattern featuring a subtle combination of Oriental and European influences.
Contemporary silversmith Puiforcat became part of the Hermès group in 1993, but dates back to 1820. Jean Puiforcat, son of the founder and a leading proponent of Art Deco, applied his modernist thinking and passion for geometric design to silversmithing, and the results are a level of artistry that’s in museums and households worldwide. The tradition continues with creations such as Zermatt, a stainless flatware collection by renowned designer Patrick Jouin. The company also is stepping into new territory with a kitchen-to-table, preparation-to presentation cutlery series from Michelin-stars chef Pierre Gagnaire. Also wowing Spring Market attendees were the Pétanque vases and the reissue of Jean Puiforcat’s Visionary lamp and chess set.
The Cristalleries de Saint-Louis is one of the most revered crystal manufacturers in the world. History-making since 1586, during the mid-19th century the company introduced the now de rigueur custom of different glasses for different uses. Saint-Louis joined the Hermès group in 1995, and its portfolio of designs includes stemware, barware, vases, decorative accessories, and spectacular chandeliers. Color was its calling card at the Spring Market with the showing of Corollaire vases, along with other entries including Arlequin Classique chandeliers, Théorème glass tumblers and Oxymore stemware.
Retailers ready for a revolution of their own must pay a visit to Hermès Art de la Table