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La Maison

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The new Rive Gauche store in Paris.

More and more fashion houses are embracing design these days. Fendi, Armani, Bottega Veneta and Missoni are among some of those that come to mind, and at this year’s Salone del Mobile—the annual design fair in Milan which took place two weeks ago—one of fashion’s oldest houses turned its focus back to design and presented a new collection of home furnishings.

Hermès continues to reinforce its heritage and focus on craftsmanship with its new home collection, La Maison. In addition to introducing new furniture, textiles and wall coverings, the complete home furnishings line also reintroduces pieces by one of the most celebrated French designers, Jean-Michel Frank.

Frank first designed a line for Hermès in the 1920s, and his signature chair, seen here, is one of the pieces being revived by Hermès and will be available in stores next month. His reissued pieces were unveiled last winter in Paris at the opening of Hermès’ new Rive Gauche store, a gorgeous space that formerly housed a swimming pool in the 1930s and that was redesigned by RDAI architects.

In addition to the reissued Jean-Michel Frank pieces, new designs by Antonio Citterio and Enzo Mari are being released under the Hermès signature collection. A selection of these designs can be seen here.

The La Maison collection was presented in Milan in an elegant pavilion designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and French architect Jean de Gastines. Made out of paper—a signature of Ban—the pavilion quietly surrounds the furniture collection so that the pieces do not lose any of the attention.

The complete furniture collection—which will be released in the Fall—is available to order at all Hermès stores, including Bal Harbour Shops.

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