What happens when you begin making a $40,000 handbag and the sewing machine messes up on the stitching, or there isn't enough leather to complete the bag at all? You make an Origami bear out of the leather of course!
In a project that Hermes is calling "Petit H" Creative Lab, artists have turned left over scraps of leather, crystals and other materials into a variety of specialty objects.
The Petit H workshop, located down the street from the main Hermès atelier in Pantin, France, is a laboratory of innovation, a playground where designers and artisans collaborate and develop ideas that can possibly be applied to “Grand H” Hermès products later on.
Damaged scarves get used to re-upholster a chest of drawers, a Kelly bag becomes a clock and a flawed glass vase gets split into two and turned into book ends to display your collection of books.
Take a look at the full collection of things that were made for the Petit H collection in the gallery above, as well as in the promotional video for the collection available at Hermès’ 691 Madison avenue store in New York from November 2–23.