Hermès Pavilion at Baselworld - Design Bureau

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Hermès Pavilion at Baselworld

Friday, May 10th, 2013

We go gaga for a cool pop-up shop, but sometimes it's sad to think they only last a short while. The Hermès pavilion at last month's Baselworld, the World Watch and Jewellery Show, is a recent fave. Designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, its look is a testament to Hermès’ fundamental values: craftsmanship, a commitment to work carried out by hand with natural materials such as wood, and an appreciation of time, precision, and innovation. Its steel framework is clad with 624 wooden strips, some straight, some curved. These interlocking slats form an outer mesh, and this façade covers a second inner structure made of wood, glass and metal. Between these two “skins,” 167 plants form a corridor of greenery. It may be gone for now, but it was designed to be dismantled, reassembled, and rebuilt.

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