“Nature is so beautiful that adding to it has no purpose.” This mantra of French wildlife artist Robert Dallet embodies his work, etchings of which have graced Hermès accessories for over 30 years. Now, a decade after Dallet’s death, Hermès pays tribute to him with the Carnets d’Équateur collection. The tableware features myriad wild animals in their natural habitat, depicted in Dallet’s impeccable charcoal and gouache renderings. The artist’s reverence for the animal kingdom remains strong as the creatures take centre stage against the porcelain’s pastel tones. First presented at Paris’s Studio des Acacias in January, the collection is now available at Hermès boutiques across Canada.
August 15, 2016