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A Sculptural Travertine Staircase Takes Centre Stage in RDAI’s Hermès Vienna Retailer Renovation


In a stark distinction to the minimalist staircase, the shop structure’s extra extravagant facet reveals itself within the second-floor salon privé, for which Hermès inventive director Pierre-Alexis Dumas gave a carte blanche to French artist and decorator Pierre Marie, recognized for his opulent, high-touch interiors. His inventive response includes a customized carpet, wall textiles, and a hanging 16-panel stained glass window. Realised in collaboration with artisans of glass—Ateliers Duchemin—Manufacture d’Aubusson Robert 4, every of the salon’s parts subtly references equestrian motifs sourced from the archives of the Émile Hermès assortment, mixed with a chess sample and the traditional Hermès Greek motif. Collectively, they recontextualize the frieze widespread of the artists of the Wiener Werkstätte, a key art-historical reference underpinning the inside idea.

“What I’ve carried out right here is about drawing and design earlier than it’s about coloration, materials and textures,” notes Pierre Marie. “I all the time say I’m an decoration particular person. I really like ornaments and I feel that interiors have lacked ornaments for the reason that 60s, till just lately. All of it needed to be white and pure. All the pieces that was about ornaments, like textiles, wallpapers, rugs—with out even mentioning the stained glass—was forgotten and, in a means, forbidden. You couldn’t use too many colours or too many prints. But if you go for very pure structure, you don’t relay quite a lot of messages. Wanting again by means of human historical past, we’ve all the time been telling tales by means of structure, by means of frescos on the partitions, by means of tapestries… These are the means we now have to inform tales about ourselves.”

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