DRESSING HOMES

For most fashion brands, the expansion of their creative scope beyond clothing and into accessories is a given. For some, that energy continues into homeware and even furniture. While this leap into industrial design often gives pause for consideration, no such hesitation is required for Hermès. Since its debut, the Hermès home universe has reaffirmed a finesse already evident through the house’s fashion.

With their latest maison collection, Hermès recalls its roots in harness and saddle making, dressing objects and furniture to accentuate, revealing and functionalising forms through straps made in their trademark material, leather. Rather than the accessorising of generic furniture shapes with needless luxury, Hermès pairs the material properties of leather—flexible, strong, tactile—with clean, modern geometries, creating objects that are elegant, reinterpretive and minimalist. Leather transcends decoration, and although luxurious, it becomes structural. This language of leather, so traditional to Hermès, enables them to literally reshape objects from the simple coat hanger to the wine rack.

This speaks of the house’s dedication to innovation and exploration in design, clearly evident in their collaboration with renowned designers such as Pritzker Prize winning architect Alvaro Siza and industrial design studio BarberOsgerby. Siza’s contribution is the structural reinterpretation of a stool, made possible through combining bamboo with carbon fibre. BarberOsgerby presents Aes, their dramatic monolith of a coffee table cast in bronze, where the apparent simplicity of a singular form is enhanced through the careful finishing of its surface.

Through the marriage of traditional materials—leather, wood, brass, bamboo and bronze—with innovative construction and formal reinterpretation, Hermès keeps itself relevant in the fast-paced world of interior goods, without eschewing its philosophy of craftsmanship and refinement. This constant evolution of its design approach, paired with its famously theatrical window dressings and installations, displays the house’s willingness to update its identity.

Continuing its penchant for creative spatial presentations, Hermès has invited scenographers Jean-Christophe Vaillant and Hervé Sauvage to transform two levels of its Liat Towers store into an immersive installation showcase of  Hermès homeware. Drawing upon artist Gordon Matta-Clark’s (ana)architectural investigations, the showcase, titled Through the Walls and thus making this reference clear, promises to present both Hermès homeware and their spatial context of home in a new light. The alignment of Hermès and Matta-Clark, both interested in reinterpretation and perspective, is not incidental, but rather, an interesting dialogue through which our most intimate domestic spaces may be reconsidered.

Through the Walls opens to public from 7th to 29th October 2017 at Hermès, 541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers, Singapore. Admission is free

Text by Qian Rou Tan

HWYL EAU DE PARFUM BY AESOP

Once again, Australian skincare label Aesop has tapped into French perfumer-photographer Barnabé Fillion’s contemporary vision for the development of its third olfactory creation. Named Hwyl, a Welsh word which describes a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy, the fragrance was created by Fillion in collaboration with the the brand’s head of product development, Kate Forbes.

After his first commission to reinvent the brand’s inaugural Eau de Toilette, Marrekech, Fillion is now well-versed with Aesop’s unique position on science and art, as well as their ongoing conversation with nature and botanicals. “I could potentially know how Kate would react and which were the parts I had to explain more, because we really understood each other from the first collaboration. It’s fluid in a way and we trust each other, which helps us stay focused.”

While the genderless fragrance was inspired by Fillion’s traversal of an ancient forest in Japan, both parties came together for this project with fresh eyes. Without any specific brief except a few key ingredients, this project was led by many open conversations. “The way we would approach a fragrance is something very different, it isn’t about scripting something down to a launch date, its intended price point or packaging instructions. It is a creative journey and starts with that passion that we have to create something amazing, and it is through that that we refine and define what the fragrance is,” commented Forbes, when prompted to describe the creative process behind working with Fillion.

Earthy, woody, smoky and with an aromatic freshness of thyme, Hwyl, says Fillion, is an ode to his passion of building one-of-a-kind perfumes intended for the individual to embark on their personal journeys to discover, define and express themselves.

Expectedly, Hwyl is rooted in Aesop’s connection with elements of nature. The Eau de Parfum opens with a rich and smoky note of vetiver, mellowing down with traces of wood, moss and spice. While the scent invokes the initial impression of a chilly, moist forest with undulating drafts of cool air, its dry down exudes an inexplicable warmth and depth. “Frankincense was probably a critical point for us. There was a moment when we begin talking about these temples, and in my mind, I started developing this image of,  specifically, burning incense. And because of these words, Barnabé went on to really develop the depth and the smokiness that I was imagining,” explained Forbes.

In their conversations, Forbes and Fillion switched seamlessly between listener and speaker, completing each others’ sentences while respectfully taking in the opinions of the other. Noticeable from their interactions is a partnership built on intuition, a shared fascination over common ingredients and a mutual regard of the creative process. You can’t help but await their next collaboration.

Photography & Text by Clifford Loh

A SCENT-SORIAL SOIRÉE AT AESOP ION ORCHARD

On Thursday, 16th September 2017, Vulture toasted its twentieth edition and fifth anniversary with our readers at the Aesop store in ION Orchard. With a session led by Managing Editor Clifford Loh, the brand also took the opportunity to debut its upcoming fragrance — Hwyl to our readers before guests mixed and mingled.

Photography by Hoong Wei Long

AN INTIMATE GATHERING IN CELEBRATION OF LOVE AESTHETICS 

Vulture’s nearest and dearest came together for an intimate meet and greet over canapés and champagne with Romeo Pokomasse & Ivania Carpio of Love Aesthetics. Special thanks to our friends at NARS Singapore for having us! Stay tuned to our social media @Vulturemag for more updates on the duo’s collaboration with the magazine’s September 2017 Anniversary Issue

Photography by Hoong Wei Long

WORK IN PROGRESS

 

Ahead of Dover Street Market Singapore’s official opening, we were offered an exclusive look into its making. The highly anticipated store, set in the lush greens of upscale Dempsey Hill, will bring some of the world’s most progressive, coveted brands to the city, placing it on the map alongside its counterparts in Tokyo, London, and New York.

Created by Comme des Garçon’s founder and matriarch, Rei Kawakubo, the first Dover Street Market store in Mayfair, London, was one of the first in the world to not only carry multiple high-fashion brands—Junya Watanabe, J.W. Anderson, Gucci, and Balenciaga, to name a few—under one roof, but also place them alongside then-emerging labels, such as Craig Green, Gosha Rubchinsky, Edward Meadham, and Jacquemus. Dover Street Market marks its 13th anniversary this year, and Vulture, alongside many around the world who have come to love its rule-breaking, irreverent approach to fashion, celebrates and looks forward to many more years to come.

Words by Lesley Chee | Photography by Hoong Wei Long | Art Direction by Clifford Loh