Clashing colours and patterns can be a nightmare for those who favour coordination and the tried-and-tested. Likewise, nobody would ever leave home in a conflicting get-up. Yet Hermès toys with contradictions and puts forward mismatched ideas in harmony through its newest porcelain tableware collection, Hippomobile.
Working again with Italian artist and designer Gianpaolo Pagni, who did many of the luxury maison’s home métier wares including the iconic colour block tangram lacquer boxes, Hermès stimulates appetites via opposing dynamics suffused in this tea set.
Pagni drew inspiration from jockey silks and the world of cartoons to interpret an engraving from the Émile Hermès collection: a monochrome frame which he covered with graphic friezes evoking jockey outfits. Each of the designed pieces starts with the crafting of patterned stamps that goes on to create the motifs, leaving behind the slight quiver in the line which characterised this technique.
And voilà! The result is a vivid adorned elongated equine motif. “I envisioned a horse with an elongated back that could hold several riders. A kind of limousine horse in the style of [American animator] Tex Avery,” Pagni explains.
Thus, you can ‘dissect’ and reassemble the horse à la a puzzle through his various wares. For instance, the Hippomobile dessert plates come in a set of six (two heads, two bodies and two tails) that you can mix and position in numerous iterations to your heart’s desire.
Besides the dessert plates, the collection offers everything from bijou-sized coffee cups and saucers to mugs and a tart platter for a delightful teatime experience. A charming patterned creamer and sugar bowl completes the set.
Whether it’s breakfast, brunch or afternoon high tea, every table setting should vary and spark conversations too. So how does it feel to be randomly assigned the plate with the horse’s ass?
The Hermès Hippomobile tea service is available at all Hermès Singapore boutiques and hermes.com.