When the scraps of leather that litter the floors of your workshops are the leftovers from creating $10,000 handbags, you don’t want to just toss them in the trash. Nope, you want to take the opportunity to practice some very haute recycling.
Hermès has found no shortage of ways to put their extra materials to work, first with the petit H. laboratory, which is behind such creations as croc coffee cup holders and the Kelly bag clock, and now with an entire menagerie of colorful animals festooning the window of their Hong Kong International Airport store.
The brand commissioned French artists/designers Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of studio Zim & Zou after seeing their masterful “Cabinet de Curiosités” project, a series of intricately detailed birds, insects, and animals made primarily from paper. The artists first created the Leather Parrot for an exhibition in Singapore, and after Hermés was so impressed with that first piece, they commissioned “The Eternal Jungle”, a window installation featuring a leafy paper backdrop populated with four astoundingly-detailed animals, each of which take over 200 hours to create.
In fact, the chimp may even top Darwin the Ikea Monkey for the most stylish primate we’ve ever seen:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.