Art on exquisitely crafted crockery. That in a nutshell is Hermès’ new tableware collection. Designed by artist Nathalie Rolland-Huckel, the Hermès Passifolia brings forth a spectrum of colours from nature’s palette.
Imagine ferns and hibiscus cohabiting, chestnut flowers and banana leaves intermingling, and rich tones of green on palm leaves. Huckel created this collection by merging botanical traditions and art, and the line derives its name from passion flower — Passiflora Incarnata — an incandescent bloom that embodies all things rich and vibrant.
Featuring intricate craftsmanship, there are 30 different pieces including side plates featuring landscapes, coffee mugs flaunting veins of anthurium, and dinner plates showcasing iridescent greens. Besides this, certain pieces, like the cups, are also decorated on the inside.
This new tableware employs an exceptional range of 32 colours — there are three shades of green-yellow in a single stem, five green-blues in one leaf, and several brown-hued contours. Adding to that is the gold filet painted by hand, which encircles the plates and platters like a halo.
Hermès’ Passifolia is the result of an artisanal adventure and an exploration of know-how by the house of Hermès. New techniques and a series of skills were developed to reproduce the artist’s lush tropical palette and the delicacy of her line. For anyone who believes tableware can be treated as art, this is the line to consider.
The collection will be available in all Hermès stores soon.
All images: Courtesy Audrey Corregan, Studios des Fleurs