Prix Émile Hermès 2014

Following a call for projects in September 2013, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès announced the twelve finalists for the third edition of the Prix Emile Hermès international design award, on the theme “Time to yourself”.

Prix Émile Hermès 2014
The Prix Émile Hermès is a biennial design award from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, inviting projects by designers addressing a specific topic related to today’s evolving lifestyles.
For the third edition of the award, the Foundation has chosen to highlight new perspectives on a vital need: “Time to yourself”. Or how best to secure a moment’s peace and quiet, take ‘time out’ and leave the fast lane, with its unending stream of activity, information, decisions and obligations.
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Top and above: Maciej Chmara, Moment for Oneself, 2014. Photo Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 2014. Moment for Oneself reinvents a perennial leisure activity (fishing) with a portable kit crafted in wood, combining all the necessary equipment: a stool, fishing rod, and individual ‘camping stove’. The piece takes a fresh look at an age-old pastime centred on solitary relaxation and the contemplation of the natural scene, increasingly misunderstood or ignored by younger generations.
Chaired by Italian designer and architect Michele de Lucchi, the jury of design professionals has selected a shortlist of twelve projects from 700 entries, by designers in 54 countries.
The finalists come from a diverse range of countries – India, Austria, France, Italy, Singapore and Switzerland. All are professional independent designers aged under 40, at early or developmental stages in their careers.
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Maciej Chmara, Moment for Oneself, 2014. Photo Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 2014
The shortlisted projects are: Anaïs Benoît, Rocking Feet (Switzerland); Suman and Poulami Biswas, Mola (India); Sander Brouwer and Mara Ribone, Solitude (Italy); Johan Brunel and Samuel Misslen (Atelier jes), La Capsule ventilée (France); Maciej Chmara, Moment for Oneself (Austria); Sébastien Cordoleani, Hush (Spain); Antoine Lesur and Marc Venot, Hut (France); Kelvin Lim, Window Seat (Singapore); Colin Peillex, Jeux de mains (Switzerland); Ania Rosinke, A Space to Think (Austria); Paul Tubiana, Leon (Switzerland); Yashesh Virkar, Rocking Lounge (India).
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Paul Tubiana, Leon, 2014. Photo Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 2014. Leon is a cardboard screen that unfolds like a fan, allowing the user to shut themselves off whenever they choose. A simple, elegant way of escaping the gaze of others. The piece is held firmly upright by a wooden base out of which the screen unfolds.
Each has received funding to develop a prototype for their project, moving it beyond the initial concept to engage with practical manufacturing and industrial expertise, and sustainable, eco-friendly production processes. Their varied designs represent as many different ways to suspend the relentless march of time: a rocking-chair, an airy cabin, a fishing kit, a pencil sharpener that doubles as a cup-and-ball game...
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Paul Tubiana, Leon, 2014. Photo Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 2014
“Being a designer means not only knowing how to conceive and design objects: it means finding ways to help each individual create the setting for their unique life story. It means listening, and understanding. But if we are to dialogue effectively with other people, we must first know how to reconnect with ourselves.” Said Michele De Lucchi, president of the jury.

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