In April 2011, Hermes Maison presents its first collection of contemporary furniture, alongside the Milan Furniture Fair. On this occasion, Hermes has commissioned Shigeru Ban Architects Europe and Jean de Gastines Architectes with the architectural scenography of the exibit, consisting of a portable and lightweight structure designed to present Hermes Maison collections. Covering an area of 214 m2, the nomadic pavilion consists of a flexible interior space which can be configured as a single space or several distinct universes through the use of movable interior partitions.
Cardboard (4 different diameters of cardboard tubes) forms the structure of the pavilion, and paper is used to create the partitions. The unit is easily disassembled and transported in standardized crates. The ceiling height, gradually increasing (ranging from a minimum of 2.80 m to a maximum of 5m), to maximize the height of the interior space regardless of the location of the installation. Regardless of the location of the installation, each of the inner worlds (the living room, office, etc..) accommodate moments of life that choreograph the collections. The exterior, however, remains unchanged.