The house of Hermès is known for the quality of its products, the incarnations of a number of traditional craft skills which the company has preserved, supported and encouraged. At the heart of the missions of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès we find, logically, the enhancement of these craft traditions which play a large part in the exceptional character of the house and which contribute to the highest standards of quality in the materials of their products.
The Foundation focuses on hand-made objects for decoration for everyday use. These craft skills form an important part of the intangible heritage of mankind, handed down over generations yet adapted to new uses and innovative, state-of-the-art design. In the context of contemporary society, certain traditional skills present a strikingly modern approach, resonating closely with the concept of sustainable development, which is fast becoming a key issue for the future.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès focuses on three key activities in this area: restoration projects, support for exhibitions of exceptional craft objects, and initiatives to raise public awareness of manual craft skills and business development issues in the craft sector. It helps the Musée des Arts et Métiers to support the renovation of exceptional pieces and had launched the project “Savoir-Faire et Modernité” with Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique. These, along with other projects – exhibitions, competitions, sponsorships – are geared towards safeguarding and giving prominence to all types of craft skills.
photo : courtesy Benoit Piéron (www.benoitpieron.blogspot.fr), an artist who participated in the residency programme of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in Holding Textile Hermès, Bucol in Bussière, near to Lyon, France.