This Singapore Illustrator Created Amazing Window Displays For Hermes

Hermes may consider orange as its house colour. But if the ongoing installation at its art space at Liat Towers and the windows at its newly opened Takashimaya Shopping Centre duplex are anything to go by, then the French maison is in a blue state of mind right now.

The latter is a surrealist scenescape swathed in a sea of blue — azure, cobalt, turquoise — and features larger-than-life underwater creatures and floating mermaids holding items like the Cape Cod timepieces and the Filet d’Or necklaces. All that vibrancy fits into the maison’s theme of “Nature at Full Gallop” this year.

Part art installation, part visual merchandising magic, it continues Hermes’ tradition for witty and quirky window displays. Among the standouts designs we have spotted in the past include floating plates, life-sized horses and flying ties.

Here, we uncover the names behind the work and zoom in on the details you need to know about the display, which will be up till February 2017.

#1 It's the work of one super talented Singapore illustrator

Her name's Wu Yanrong. The 25 year-old RMIT University alum is a graphic designer and illustrator with Singapore firm Work and has collaborated with other brands, such as Uniqlo, prior to this. 


#2 She has a thing for ocean life

Just check out her instagram account, which is peppered with drawings of underwater creatures. In fact, she says, "When I discovered that we've only explored five per cent of our entire ocean, it fascinated me and I ended up making a book about it for a school project. Since then, I've been researching and drawing different sea organisms that make up our ocean."


#3 See her painterly illustrations blown up in real life

Some of the most wonderful creatures in the ocean, like jellyfish and penguins, are rendered in her painterly strokes for the Hermes window display. The animals are also a nod to the works and life of ocean explorer Jacques Costeau. They are then blown up to surrealist proportions. Our favourite piece? The super-adorable Moby Dick-esque whale. 


#4 There are mermaids too

These mythical creatures are floating everywhere in the window displays, holding objects like the new Galop d'Hermes perfume, and adding just the right touch of fantasy.

Here too are some ideas for designing a nautical-themed home!


Article by Imran Jalal, originally appeared in Female magazine.