Take a peek at some of the new textiles and wallpapers on view at the Kneedler Fauchère showroom in Los Angeles last night. It's a clever range of designs (from horses to monkeys to the famous "H") in wonderfully sophisticated colors. But one wouldn't really expect anything less from a firm that's been trading in luxury goods for 175 years, now would they...
|Interior designer François Jantzen of Modoo Modoo and Rocky La Fleur of Kneedler Fauchère playfully consider the options for Couverture et Tenues de Jour, a bold fabric featuring parading horses. The pattern is based on the iconic Hermès scarf designed by Jacques Eudel in 1962.|
A handy take-away last night was the small but handsome seasonal catalogue, which -- and kudos to Hermès for this -- identifies each designer by name wherever possible. You have to love a firm that doesn't hide their talent behind the company curtain, so to speak, but celebrates them with full credit.
|Ottoman, cotton and viscose|
The formality of herringbone meets the delicacy of grosgrain ribbon to create this tailored, but not stiff, stripe.
|Equateur, printed cotton|
A jungle scene imagined by Robert Dallet, the naturalist painter, in 1988.
|Meow: A detail of Dallet's rosy-nosed leopard.|
|Finish, printed cotton|
Designer Jean-Louis Clerc perfectly captures the rush of racing in a quick, sketch-like scene.
|Bibliothèque, printed cotton|
A fabric after my own heart: Hugo Grygkar's trompe l'oeil design inspired by the many equestrian tomes found in the Hermès family library.
The equine theme continues with Henri d'Origny's bridle-inspired pattern (seen here as a wallpaper), a nod to the founding of the Hermès brand, which began as a saddlery firm for the nobility.
For more information on the Hermès fabrics and papers, click here.
PS: Kneedler Fauchère will be launching their Web site early in the New Year. Keep an eye out for it!