If you look at the Curiosities section of an Hermes store, you might see a handsome magazine rack made of maple wood, and covered with sheets of leather so that it resembles a saddle.
A witty tribute to Hermes’ equestrian roots, indeed, but the house’s designers do have a treasure trove of inspiration: the Emile Hermes museum right above the brand’s flagship store on Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris, a by-invitation-only space that Hermes designers are encouraged to visit for inspiration.
Home to countless curios that third-generation Hermes proprietor Emile-Maurice Hermes collected on his travels, the museum’s collection reflects its founder’s philosophy of beauty through usefulness.
From May 11 to 19 this month, you can catch a glimpse of some of those historical objects at a nine-day exhibition titled “Hermes Heritage – In Motion” at Hermes Liat Towers. Focusing on the luxury maison’s enduringly lighthearted approach to the theme of travelling and roaming, the showcase includes exhibits that will surprise or delight.
For instance, a walking stick that opens to reveal a secret compartment holding various types of cutlery, giving cheeky new meaning to the concept of a cane picnic basket. Or an early silk scarf, featuring a circular design of horse-drawn carriages, inspired by a board game from the 1800s. Get ready to embark on a journey through time.