Japanese photographer¬†Hiroshi Sugimoto¬†created 20 designs for scarves for¬†Herm√®s¬†as part of the ‘Couleurs de L’ombre’ exhibition – each one produced in a limited edition and is a redesign of the famed square scarves known as Carr√©s. The striking gradient aesthetic for each piece was informed¬†by Sugimoto’s interest in the complex prismatic system of Polaroid photographs that capture the first rays of sunlight in the morning.
The collection is a culmination of a 10 year investigation by Sugimoto, during which he generated an expansive spectrum of colours that have been translated to silk for Herm√®s series -¬†proudly exhibiting hues from brilliant yellows and radiant reds to rich greens and blues. The project is a departure for Sugimoto who is better-known for a signature heavy color palette, with this series aiming to quash the opinion that there are only seven colors and posing the question -¬†’why must science always cut up the whole into little pieces when it identifies specific attributes?’.
Read an extended explanation by the artist and the documenting¬†the process¬†here.
Artistic director of Herm√®s, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, personally selected 20 of Sugimoto‚Äôs Polaroid images to print for the range which¬†debuted at¬†Museum der Kulturen¬†in Basel Switzerland, with the work currently being shown at La Verri√®re¬†in Brussels until the 29th of September prior to being exhibited ¬†at Le Forum on the 8th floor of the flagship gallery in Ginza Tokyo from November 14th¬†to december 30th.
Images (c) Tadzio courtesy of Hermes – via designboom