Friday, 17 April 2015

Hermès Wanderland Exhibition

The Hermès Wanderland exhibition at  the Saatchi Gallery pays tribute to the Parisian concept of Flânerie, which is chosen as luxury brand Hermès’ 2015 annual theme. Artistic Director Pierre-Alexis Dumas describes it as "that wonderfully liberating art of urban wandering, that is second nature to Hermès, one could even say our most profound nature".

The exhibition is a treasure-trove of objects gathered from the Hermès archive, the museum collection of Emile Hermès at 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris and Hermès’ contemporary collections. They include classic items such as a bike, a travel writing case and a watch.

Hermés  Wanderland exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London

The collection spans over eleven rooms, with set designer Hubert le Gall inviting us to a fantasy world where Paris is the ultimate protagonist. “Wanderland” also includes installations by various artists to collaborate in the project, the curators wanted to intrigue visitors, urging each of them to “open their eyes, free their minds and be enveloped by the color, sounds and images that surround them”.

The exhibition will run at the Saatchi Gallery until 2 May 2015, then it will travel to Paris in mid-September.

If you can't make it to the exhibition, do not fret. Alfies is another wonderland full of unique treasures. We found some luxury items that wouldn't look out of place in the Hermès archive!

1920s Bracelet Watch  9ct Gold, mechanical winder, 15 jewels; offered by Moe Heidarieh

A 1950s scarf ‘Pennies from Heaven’ by Marcel Vertes; offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Pair of early 20c ladies leather riding boots with original wooden trees; offered by Tin Tin Collectables Luggage

Vintage blue flower brooch, glass and gold plated; offered by April Antiques

1940s crocodile handbag with bakelite clasp; offered by Tony Durante
Unusual and collectable 9ct gold Art Deco pencil with intricate detailing and citrine stone end cap; offered by Sheila Cameron

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