Are words merely words? Or can they be made into something that you can touch and feel? Thomas Broomé’ explored the depths of words and how they can be used to create meaningful pieces for the home in his Hermès Home installation.
The idea of “home” served as the key inspiration for contemporary Swedish artist Thomas Broomé’s poetically-charged installation called ModernMantra for Hermès Home at the Hermès Liat Towers in Singapore. In this installation, Broomé explored how calligrams can be turned into sculptural visuals via transforming text into form and breaking down forms into text.
Through the art and technology of 3D printing, Broomé manifested a series of three-dimensional text and then artistically created furniture from the different words. For instance, “CHAIR” was done in repetition to express Hermès’ emblematic Pippa folding chair, while the word “VALET” captured the silhouette of the Hermès home valet.
“It is about the perception and the difference between what we know and what we see – and how sometimes the two are confused in our perception of things. When the word is the image and the image is the word, it fuses into something new that is both image or word i.e. both experience and what we see,” said Broomé.
Other home items including tables, shelves, carpets and steps were also transformed into two- and three-dimensional pieces. “Beyond a mere play on words, ModernMantra (Hermès Home) exists on the borders of what we agree is real,” the brand stated.
ModernMantra (Hermès Home) is a series of artistic window displays specially commissioned to guest artists around the world. Thomas Broomé’s installation was first displayed on 23 August 2016 and will continue until 7 December 2016.