This new Prix Emile Hermès, a triennial competition, is aimed at young designers from 14 European countries. Its mission is to discover young talents and provide them with assistance with their creations. 17 projects were selected to participate in the exhibition. This prize is in keeping with the creative Hermès tradition inspired in particular by Emile Hermès, a member of the third generation of the family, who ran the business from 1921 to 1951 and who always knew how to surround himself with creators whose fertile imagination was placed in the service of reflection centred on ingenuity, functionality and aesthetics.
The theme for this first edition is “everyday lightness”, as applied to objects for travel and for the home, a subject very dear to the philosophy of the house of Hermès. Out of 700 dossiers, 21 projects were picked by the European selection committees and their prototypes presented to the final jury chaired by Enzo Mari, a major figure in international design.
Designers, artists and creators: Francesco Librizzi & Vittorio Venezia, Jarl Fernaeus, Xavier Figuerola & Alexandre Mussche, Suzanne Stofer & Veronika Wildgruber, Bastian Goecke, Ian Mahaffy, Simon Lécureux