The Big petit h Studio | Hermès

Petit h, creation in reverse

At the petit h workshops, we do everything in reverse – or rather crossways. An object is born of existing materials, the latter breathing life into the former. At the crossroads of the house's know-how, craftsmen, artists and designers work hand in hand. Their challenge is to take a new look at materials, to reinvent, innovate and create dreamlike and useful objects.

Our totems

Petit h’s spellbinding objects work like a charm.

When the objects talk about their makers 

  • A proudly fluid salt shaker

    “I was born of the imagination of student from ECAL, the cantonal art school in Lausanne. My designer assembled a jacket button and a crystal bottle, both fitted on a section of leather using a fragment of cork; everything came together to make me a proudly fluid salt shaker. All it took was a clever mind to meet skilful hands for me to come into being, a one of a kind.”

  • The sweet melody of dreams

    “At petit h, every object has its own unique music, and I am no exception to the rule. I arose from an ingenious hybridisation of a round music box, meticulous leather sheathing punctuated with a silk cord, and a dreamlike key. It can take the form of a cock feather or a duffel coat button – the stuff of dreams, surely?”

  • Behold, a foal!

    “My designer, Marjolijn Mandersloot, specialises in producing giant, life-size or oversized animals. I am the newest member of a family comprising an elegant fawn, an exotic giraffe, and a collection of pandas. My skin is made from soft leathers, and microbeads make my body extremely mobile.”
  • Terrazzo: a material full of treasures

    “My story began in antiquity, when unused fragments of marble from villas or statues were combined with chalk to form a noble and original material known as Terrazzo. In a laboratory in Veneto, Nicolas Daul and Julien Demanche – the two designers who created me – struck on the idea of using this age-old know-how and adding a petit h touch. I am made up of pieces of Hermès’ history: metal buckles, padlocks, mother-of-pearl buttons, and more. I am a shape-shifter; I can transform into a coffee table or jewellery.” 

Photography: Alexandre Guirkinger

Water play on Rue de Sèvres

Arthur Hoffner, creator of fanciful fountains, and his imaginary aquatic world brings an opportune installation to the former swimming pool on Rue de Sèvres until mid-July. Already proficient in creating heterogeneous assemblies, the designer drew on the materials store at the petit h workshop to design a fountain that turns lighting parts and crystal glasses by Saint-Louis into a pipe and funnel. To complement this unexpected marriage of objects, he chose leather and terrazzo. In the petit h manège, Arthur Hoffner’s fun fountain sits alongside Godefroy de Virieu’s stirrup swing, Isabelle Leloup’s multi-coloured glass bell suspensions and a round mirror in square by Thomas Boog.