Hermès’ new tabletop collection, Carnets d’Equateur, brings a bit of exotica into your Manhattan home.
Animal attraction: Carnets d’Equateur teapot ($970) and tea cup with saucer ($315), Hermès.
When Benoît-Pierre Emery, creative director of Objets et La Table at Hermès, was choosing the focus for his latest collection, Carnets d’Equateur, he knew that the work of naturalist painter Robert Dallet would be ideal. “We wanted for a long time to develop a new service around an animal theme,” says Emery. “When we started thinking about its creation, Robert Dallet quickly came to mind. He is passionate and classic without being academic. His lightness, delicacy, and elegance, which fit perfectly to the style of Hermès, made him an obvious choice.”
This unique porcelain collection—which features 35 pieces, including teacups, tart platters, change trays, and vases—encapsulates Dallet’s creative journey, from spontaneous first sketch to finished portrait, with each item devoted to a particular technique, such as charcoal sketching or colorful gouache. Together they complement one another to produce a fresh, exotic tablescape.
Carnets d’Equateur, available at Hermès’s Madison Avenue location alongside the usual men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, provides that extra touch that makes a maison a home. 691 Madison Ave., 212-751-3181