Hermès Polar Palace
In the arctic, two baby polar bears float in their iceberg home under the northern lights. Each cub is realized in white Hermès leather, salvaged from the production process. The bears are warm in their geodesic igloo made of Hermès wallpaper and swaddled in baby blankets. They are fishing through a hole in the ice using a diamond bracelet as bait, as two leather penguins swim towards the hook. The iceberg, dome, and arctic night sky are created from CNC cut foam and painted mdf panels.
To celebrate the new Hermès boutique at King of Prussia, Heavy Eyes imagined whimsical "new homes" for Hermès products. Each of the 61 unique leather animals was prototyped, designed, and fabricated by hand in Heavy Eyes' studio. The design of each creature began as a rough paper "sketch" which was refined over and over to create a leather pattern. This type of design and construction process echoes that of the craftspeople in Hermès leather goods and shoe métiers, who create beautiful three-dimensional products from simple flat pieces.
The leather used in the window displays was provided by the Hermès Sustainability Department, in cooperation with Petit H, a special Hermès workshop that creates a dialogue between artists and craftspeople to reimagine new products utilizing unused materials.