Leather makes sense because it makes the link, in Hermès’ new collections of objects and furniture for the home.
Its use re-engages with the first act of the saddler and harness-maker: it dresses objects as it dressed the horse.
More precisely, the leather today reveals the objects as formerly it exposed the body of the horse.
Renowned for their finesse, Hermès harnesses relieved the animal of the ceremonial trappings that concealed it and hampered its movements. The leather harness re-established full visibility of the physical beauty of the horse, and at the same time liberated its dynamic potential. The operation was twofold: aesthetic – rendering visible –, and functional – rendering mobile.