Being Frank

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Being Frank

Chair.jpg In 1924 minimalist pioneer Jean-Michel Frank created a collection of furniture for Hermès that, with its simple lines and exotic veneers, became an instant classic. Maison, the company’s home collection, has recently been expanded to include rereleases of a few of Frank’s more iconic designs. Among the offerings: the Confortable club chair in sheepskin, a straw marquetry screen, and a parchment-covered dressing table—each piece made to order and numbered.
As Robert Chavez, president and CEO of Hermès U.S.A., explains, the decision to revisit Frank’s work was based on customer demand. “The time was right,” he says, “to rekindle the relationship.”
Next up: a furniture collaboration with designers Antonio Citterio and Enzo Mari, which debuted in April at the Milan furniture fair (800.441.4488; prices upon request).

Illustrations by Hiroshi Tanabe