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