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We love these playful new equestrian-inspired wallpapers from Hermes!
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Brass with its warmth and richness is the metal of the moment. Its patina gets even better with age and being more versatile than silver and less flashy than gold, there’s a resurgence of brass in interior design trends and we’re glad it’s back!
Bäccman & Berglund of Sweden’s knobs, hooks and handles are elegantly modern. Below they give new life to an old castle where 16th century meets fresh Scandinavian design.
New York based Lindsey Adelman Studio‘s “Branching Burst” chandelier commissioned by Kelly Wearstler for a private Tribeca triplex, as featured in her new book Rhapsody.
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One of my most longstanding weaknesses for all things gorgeous goes to the House of Hermés. At just twenty-one I purchased my first Hermés accessory – the most stunning leopard bath mat. Recently, I was looking through an Hermés store and saw that same bath mat. I hadn’t thought about in years! I was as wild for that piece now as when I was as a college girl … I always say “good design gets better over time”.
Hermés has recently introduced a new furniture line and I am in love, but to fully appreciate the present it is good to visit the past. Jacque Adnet, a brilliant designer with a penchant for fine leather, worked often with Hermés in the 1950’s – his furniture line was a smashing success, and is much coveted today.
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Much like an Hermès’ bag, Singapore’s Hermès-decorated apartment is an exquisitely thoughtful, while understated, display of elegance. Located in The Marq on Paterson Hill, the interior design of the 6,200 square foot, 5 bedroom apartment was led by Yves Taralon, renowned creative director of La Table Hermès. “It’s the first time I have designed something at this height, with the sky and the view,” Taralon says. He wanted the interior to feel calm and natural against Singapore’s bustling populous and hard rectilinear structures. The space finds its balance through of recurring squares, a refined color palette and symmetry. “As soon as something’s in the right place, you have peace.”
Used for only private engagements, the apartment features “a carefully curated combination of Hermès furniture, furnishing fabrics, wallpapers, carpets, tableware, along with made-to-order leather-upholstered items and a choice of artworks,” according to the property developer SC Global Developments, a leader in the international luxury residential market.
It not only feels Hermès, it tells the story of Hermès. In the 1920s, French interior designer Jean-Michel Frank, at the forefront of modern French style, asked Hermès to cover several of his furniture pieces with the luxury house’s famous buttery leather. Last year Hermès reintroduced the designer’s signature pieces. His ever-modern sofas and chairs upholstered in rope, ecru natté and ivory bull calf, are complemented in the entertaining space by a smudge-effect silk Appaloosa rug, and a wall size chalk drawing of a horse, sketched by Jean-Luc Favero at the request of Hermès. With savoir-faire it is the focal point of the space, against a dark brushed oak wall. Frank’s inverted U tables, in calfskin, take precedence in the center of the room while a pair of yolk-yellow méridiennes by Antonio Citterio, a Milano furniture designer and past creative partner of Hermes, mirror one another. Beneath them sits unobtrusively an inlaid chess board crafted out of palisander wood and leather from Samarcande, a city most noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West.
The opulent dining room offers not one pièce de résistance, but two: a dresser and a table, both custom-made in Hermès leather workshops. The square motif appears most prominent here in the parchment-covered oak table, bordered with hand-stitched electric blue Clémence leather. Taralon’s Bleus d’Ailleurs porcelain, Saint-Louis crystal glasses and Puiforcat silverware adorn the table. “I wanted to infuse the apartment with Hermès ideals: comfort, intimacy, the pleasure of sharing moments,” he says. “But the most important furniture for me is the dressoir. Every piece, every fork, has its own place.” Even the custom-made Saint-Louis chandelier that suspends from the high ceiling is finished with a single electric blue pendant.
The artform of Marquetry, one with few remaining craftsmen, adds a je ne sais quoi the master bedroom. The armour and bed are of panels of made-to-measure natural rye straw marquetry. Frank’s iconic three drawer dressing table lined in parchment and ivory goatskin offsets a pure silk Patine rug. A collection of Philippe Dumas’ Pêle-Mêle – each horseback character representing a member of the Hermès clan, so the story goes – stand out from Fil d’Argent wallpaper and porcelain. The study is furnished with a desk and chairs, in gold leather and Canaletto walnut, from the Métiers collection designed by Enzo Mari. “It adds a note of seriousness to the residence,” Taralon says.
Quotes from the June/July issue of Surface Asia
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It started about four years ago. I was in a very busy fabric store in Toronto with my mother, who has great taste and whose opinion I trust implicitly. I was looking for over an hour and came back to her empty-handed. We were on a mission to redo her family room. My last hope was an obscure fabric selection on the second level. It was like a beacon of light when I reached the top of those stairs-suit fabric was going to be my savior. I rushed back down and declared the new sofa will be in gray flannel! Once I had my hands on the soft gray fabric, I knew that was it. Since that day my adoration for all things gray flannel has only increased and never tired. Against white walls, beautiful art, and many different type of carpets – it has become my workhorse. I still get the same thrill when scheming a room if I can use it as a starting point. I just had my own sofa recovered in it. Two days ago I took a new client to see another sofa at the upholsterer that was stunning in dark blue velvet. She liked it but then noticed my gray flannel sofa just recovered, pointed to it and told me ,”I like the gray flannel … it’s different”.
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