The duo has designed the store around the idea of a library, and the space will feature sliding wooden ladders and shoes arranged on the shelves like books. The bijou space will also boast 13-foot high ceilings and parquet floors. "The eclectic area is so unique to London — traditional English shops juxtaposed with cutting edge luxury boutiques, in the midst of a chic, residential neighborhood," said Martel of the Mount Street area, whose current residents include Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Christian Louboutin stores. "The area itself has a very personal feel, which is exactly the type of service we seek to offer our clients."
ART IN MOTION: Hermès' traveling art exhibit, H-box, embarked on the fourth leg of its global tour last week when it took up residence at London's Tate Modern gallery. The futuristic looking structure, which resembles a segment of honeycomb, was designed by architect and artist Didier Fiuza Faustino. Inside the pod, a screen shows the work of eight young video artists, including Alice Anderson, Sebastian Diaz Morales and Su-Mei Tse. "I really like the work of Su-Mei Tse, she's a very subtle and graceful artist," said Pascale Mussard, co-artistic director of Hermès, as guests sipped cucumber martinis in the gallery's cavernous Turbine Hall. "[All the artists] push us and help us to see from a different angle." H-Box will reside at the Tate until Aug. 17, when it travels to the Yokohama Triennale in Japan.