メゾンエルメス・ウィンドウディスプレイ– 時の庭 –

メゾンエルメス・ウィンドウディスプレイ–  時の庭 –
Maison Hermès Window Display –  Jardin du Temps (“Garden of Time”) –

PLACE : メゾンエルメス 銀座店
DATE : 2012.11.14 ~ 2013.1.22

 

さまざまな’時’の層を表現した2012年、最後のウィンドウディスプレイでは、植物の栽培と生長の過程を身近に感じるオブジェを介して「植物の時間」をメゾンエルメス全体で表現します。

Throughout 2012, we have explored various different layers found within the dimension of “Time.” Now, for the final window display of the year, the entire domain of Maison Hermès has been mobilized to articulate the “Time of Plants” with a genre of objects envisioned to bring the process through which plants grow and thrive far closer to the viewers.

「植物の時間」の造成装置となるのはパルダリウムと呼ばれる小さな温室です。19世紀のイギリスで発明され、その後パリ万博にも出展されたことのあるパルダリウムは、当時、エキゾチックな文化に憧れる貴族の間で人気を博しました。ガラス張りの装置のなかに、植民地から運ばれてくる植物を入れ、その生育のサイクルを家のなかで鑑賞しつつ、まだ見ぬ異国に思いを馳せたといいます。大切な植物が仕舞われているパルダリウムが、やがて個性的な装飾を施されて室内家具のようになっていったことも必然の流れと言えるでしょう。今回、『‘時’の恵み』を得て、パルダリウムを過去の資料をもとに再現し、そのなかで生々しく育っていく植物を通じて、植物が培う独特の時の流れを表現します。

The devices used to generate this “Time of Plants” are small greenhouse-like creations known as “paludarium.” This apparatus was invented in England during the 19th century, and later showcased at the Paris World Fair. Paludarium became all the rage among the nobles of that era, who perennially yearned for closer contact with exotic cultures. These glass-plated boxes were stocked with plants from colonies, enabling the owners to observe the growth cycle of unique vegetation within the privacy of their own homes. The result was the sense of stepping into environs of faraway lands never laid eyes upon before.

It was inevitable, therefore, that paludariums landscaped with uncommon plants were eventually spruced up with distinctive ornamentations, and treasured akin to key pieces of furniture within the home. For this window display, we have taken full advantage of the “Gift of Time” in recreating paludariums from old materials. Depicted within this realm, furthermore, is the flow of time viewed through the actual growth.

右ウィンドウには、水の循環システムを兼ね備えた現代のパルダリウムが入っています。そのなかでは世界各地から集めた色鮮やかなランや、剥き出しの根が個性的な植物や球根、珍しい原種から品種改良を繰り返し生まれたハイブリッドな花々まで、数十種類以上の植物を栽培しています。左ウィンドウの棚には、いくつものガラス製のミニパルダリウムが収められています。色とりどりのエルメスの製品が標本のように並べられている傍ら、珍しい植物の保管や苗の育成が行われているようすは、さながら実験室といえるでしょう。さらに館内に入ると、1階に観賞用のパルダリウムが設置され、別のフロアにはさまざまな形状のミニパルダリウムが展開。間近で植物の細部を楽しむことができるのです。

Visible in the right-side window is a modern paludarium, equipped with a water circulation system. Growing within this space are several dozen different plant species collected from around the world. They include radiantly colored orchids, plants and bulbs with their stunning roots fully exposed in this open growth environment, and hybrid flowers repeatedly bred and enhanced from original species.

The shelves of the left-side window are adorned with a number of mini-sized glass paludariums, showcasing rare plants and seedlings under cultivation – all this alongside a rich range of Hermès products looking much like handpicked samples. The impression is that of a delightfully decorated experimental laboratory.

Venturing on into the store itself, visitors encounter an ornamental paludarium placed on the first floor. Mini-paludariums of different shapes strategically located on the upper floors entreat store comers to savor the fine details of the plant life within, close up and first hand.

ガラス越しのパルダリウムに流れる水滴は植物の呼吸の証です。植物たちの刻む生の時間を感じる傍ら、植物を大切に育てることで異国への憧れを募らせていた時代の人々の日々も想像してみてください

Water drops clinging to the sides of the glass cases are vivid proof that the plants within are alive and breathing. Tune into the flow of time in which the plants flourish, while taking a few moments to picture the days when the nobles held aspirations for exotic cultures through caring for these delightful forms of flora.

 

© Satoshi Asakawa / Courtesy of Hermes Japon

© Satoshi Asakawa / Courtesy of Hermes Japon

© Satoshi Asakawa / Courtesy of Hermes Japon

© Satoshi Asakawa / Courtesy of Hermes Japon

© Satoshi Asakawa / Courtesy of Hermes Japon

© Satoshi Asakawa / Courtesy of Hermes Japon

© Satoshi Asakawa / Courtesy of Hermes Japon

© Satoshi Asakawa / Courtesy of Hermes Japon