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Brief Published: 18 Apr 2011

Shigeru Ban and Hermès


French luxury brand Hermès appeared at Milan for the first time, showcasing its new contemporary furniture collection in a specially commissioned paper pavilion by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and Paris-based architect Jean de Gastines.

Pavilion Hermès was a complex construction of cardboard tubes interlaced with sheets of paper, creating a structure reminiscent of the Hermès Rive Gauche store in Paris. Ceiling height and size varied from room to room, creating different ambiences throughout.

The interiors were neutral and pared-down to highlight the craftsmanship of the collection, which includes furniture by designers such as Enzo Mari, Antonio Cittrio, Denis Montel and Eric Benqué, as well as textiles.