The French duo Zim & Zou has been selected by Hermès to in order to compose a frontage for the first Hermès in China; the Shanghai Hermès Maison.
The artistic duo is known for creating detailed and volumetric sculptures made of materials such as paper, leather, wood and thread. Their spectacular work is inspired by childhood visits to nature-based museums and magic.
For the storefront of the Shanghai Hermès Maison the artists have divided the display into four parts of nature; each part contained within a window, the two main windows are air and water and the smaller two represent earth.
The presentation includes handcrafted biological creatures such as owls, peacocks, birds, butterflies, fish, and insects all created from layers and layers of leather and thick pieces of paper sourced from the Hermès workshops, which are centered in Paris.
With the help of local artists the project required three months of careful cutting, gluing and assembling.The artist had transformed the ordinary storefront into a colorful jungle where passers-by can experience a childhood visit to a magical world and a strange and colorful museum.