I love Philippe Nigro ‘s furniture for Hermès. The brand furnitures are discrete yet powerfully percolating for the last three years,they came to an exciting tipping point this year as the French luxury maison introducing a new collaboration with industrial designer Philippe Nigro.
In the “Les Nécessaires d’Hermès.” each piece, from low benches and puffy square-shaped stools to stackable sidetables and decorative screens, features compact dimensions and a clever air of multi-functionality. Philippe is French-born, but for now is based in Milan as a designer, and been working for furniture brands such as as De Padova, Ligne Roset, and Poltrona Frau but this is the first time the designer has created a full range collection and his first dance with a luxury goods house.
“Nigro put Hermès’ impeccable craftsmanship to work on exquisite pieces such as a 1.9m tall steel Valet that is covered in solid walnut and features sturdy leather accessories trays and a mirror, or on a multi-purpose leather covered chest that cracks open to reveal endless pockets for organizing reading materials and computers.
‘There’s hidden functionality in each piece,’ says Nigro, referring to the rotating round drawers that swivel under little walnut tables with leather tops or pop up and out from a long leather and wood bench. And of course, there’s more than a few subtle nods to the French Maison itself, like on the square pouf stools whose 90 x 90 cm dimensions perfectly match the size of a classic Hermès foulard.”