Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008


When Hermès creative director for silk Bali Barret traveled to the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Conn., to study Josef's famous series Homage to the Square, she had a revelation. It made perfect sense that Hermès, a company so focused on squares — albeit silk ones — would publish a series of limited-edition scarves (or carrés, as they are known in France) inspired by Albers paintings. Along with Hermès artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Barret chose six Albers works and reproduced them using a challenging printing technique called edge to edge. Each 90-by-90-cm scarf is printed in an edition of 200 and numbered ($2,800).