Hermès and Shigeru Ban’s Module H Interior Panelling
At design event Milan 2012 last week, luxury French fashion house Hermès unveiled Module H – a modular screen/partition system for its home furnishing collection. It can be used to define and divide internal space or surface existing walls, and was designed by none other than revered Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.
The lightweight aluminium panels, which appear to be loosely interlocked, are perforated with a grid-like pattern of Hermès’ distinctive ‘H’ logos, and a discreet steel framework supports the panels.
Designed specifically to accommodate a degree of personalisation, a range of tessellating square and rectangular components, based on a basic 90cm module, have been designed to embellish the surface panels. All can be easily removed or adjusted – or even upholstered in a range of coloured leathers, skins and fabrics to form more dynamic surface patterns.
Module H is a key example of how the interior design and fashion industries are becoming increasingly close – as demonstrated by the growing number of fashion brands branching out into home furnishings and even opening their own hotels. See Stylus’ coverage on British retailer Laura Ashley, which will follow in the well-heeled footsteps of luxury Italian fashion houses Versace and Missoni, and French label Maison Martin Margiela, when it opens its own-brand hotel this year.