Parisian luxury brand Hermès has a long-held commitment to quality, which means that products that aren’t up to their usual impeccable standard don’t make it to shelf. In 2010 it launched Petit h (Little h). Headed up by artistic director Pascale Mussard, any leftovers are reworked into charming collections of imaginative homeware objects and leather accessories such as tablet covers, coin purses and paperweights. Now, DIY is going high fashion with Hermès Hardware.
DIY Goes High Fashion with Hermès Hardware
The Petit h pieces are always playful – think keychains in a menagerie of animal silhouettes and two-tone spinning pinwheels in bright colours. The aim of Petit h is to delight and surprise. In line with their fantastical offerings, the latest from the Petit h workshop is a range of hardware tools for the home or garden.
Inspired by the relationship between the craftsman and his tools
For this collection of hammers, screwdrivers, corkscrews, clothespins and door handles, Mussard was inspired by the relationship between the craftsman and his tools. The collection even includes a toolkit which, when closed, can double up as a stylish stool or nightstand. The collection was conceptualised in collaboration with design duo Stefania di Petrillo and Godefroy de Virieu, long-time design partners of the brand.
These highly covetable, handy household items are on display in a newly opened Hermès hardware store in Paris called La Quincaillerie until 17 February 2018. The interior of the store takes inspiration from everyday hardware stores, displaying the items on white pegboards. The range was launched online with a series of quirky videos inspired by DIY and ‘how-to’ tutorials.
None of the Hermès charm is lost in this range, epitomised in the feather duster with a bird’s beak handle. More than a collection, Pascale describes the utilitarian novelties as a cabinet of curiosity. Simultaneously it is an ode to the workmanship that’s made the heritage brand what it is today. They’re novelties with purpose.