The house of Hermes may be famed for its immaculately crafted products but they’ve also always managed to imbue a humanistic feel to how they operate.
Take petit h , the atelier opened by the Maison in 2010 which specialises in upcycling bits and bobs left over from the production processes at other Hermes ateliers into playfully quirky objects (think a banana-shaped leather pouch, or paper weights resembling mushrooms).
The exhibition design was inspired by a craftsman’s workbench and is designed as such to encourage open movement between each of Hermes’ ateliers.
Now you’ll get to experience that idiosyncratic touch through an upcoming exhibition titled Hermes in the Making, which sees nine of its ateliers (there are a total of 16) coming to Singapore to showcase how Hermes’ objects are created using their in-house techniques.
The nine ateliers specialise in the following crafts: silk printing, silk engraving (separating the colours from the design), crafting a saddle, hand-painting on porcelain, gemstone-setting, glove-making, leather working, watchmaking and repairing objects.
Among things you can expect to see: how the maison’s artisans paint their porcelain tableware.
If you’re a fan of the house, you can expect to see how various icons of Hermes’ lexicon are made by their artisans – for example, how their vivid silk scarves are printed, or the skillful saddle-stitching of a Kelly bag.
The exhibition also incorporates a variety of interactive games designed to pique one’s senses, including workshops focused on dexterity, musical composition using round knives, and colouring. Films on Hermes’ journey with sustainability will also be screened.
Hermes scarf and twilly lovers, make a beeline for the silk printing showcase.
The exhibition Hermes in the Making will be open to public from Oct 1 to Oct 9, at Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza. To book a session for the event, register here.