A section of the Hermes store along rue de Sevres was set up to showcase Petit h’s collections. (Photo: Alex Profit)
Seldom has a studio been given free reign to create anything it can, with no brief in mind. Yet that was exactly what the design team at Petit h was told, when the little atelier was established, close to Hermes’ larger leather workshops, in Pantin on the northeastern suburbs of Paris, France. The only requirement, or rather its sole purpose set by founder Pascale Mussard, was to turn leftover materials that the maison no longer needed into beautiful and functional works of art.
An artisan at work inside the Petit h atelier in Pantin. (Photo: Eugenia Sierko-Rouchon)
Tools and equipment strewn all over the craftsmen’s desks in the workshop. (Photo: Eugenia Sierko-Rouchon)
The storeroom in the Petit h workshop stocks plenty of discarded materials in excellent condition. (Photo: Eugenia Sierko-Rouchon)
Since its establishment in 2010, Petit h has gained a cult following among design lovers and Hermes’ (dubbed the big H) regulars. Despite the fact that every item in the line is produced from discarded materials, such as silk scarves with weaving irregularities or even python skin with a crooked scale, the resulting novelties are highly sought after. Limited quantities of each creation are produced, from the unpredictable range of scraps and leftover materials available, making them even more worthy of collecting. Now under the helm of artistic director Godefroy de Virieu, it is interesting to see what surprises Petit h presents.
Creative director of Petit h, Godefroy de Virieu. (Photo: Rio Hopkins)
VISIT THE PETIT H UNIVERSE
(Clockwise from top left: Chair upholstered in crocodile and taurillon calfskin, a whimsical bag presented on wooden legs, a pony bag in leather finish, and a leather coat hook.)
(Clockwise from top left: A leather pedestal table, a magpie box in leather covering, a pig plush toy in wool finish, and a round clock finished in crocodile skin and presented on a wooden stand)
The latest Petit h collection is making an iconic stop in Singapore, where the various creations will be presented in a delightful universe inspired by the garden city’s rich source of floral and fauna. In the first space, the visitor moves around a planet populated by organic forms, a veritable reservoir of materials. A second space, with a brilliant light passing through, evokes a futuristic workshop. The scene is set, and the essence of Petit h flows intrinsically: an abundance of materials and ingenious processes give rise to useful, and often surprising, objects.
The Petit h collection is available at Hermes from 22 November until 15 December, 2019. Admission is free.
Visit Hermes at Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road or call 6738 9807 for information.