The French duo Zim and Zou have graced us with their stunning works in the past, from vintage electronics to colorful chef’s masks covered in festive fruits and veggies. All in all, their work has an underlying theme of colors in unique combinations and their attention to detail.
These two papercraft window displays are for the opening of a new Hermès store in Dubai (Mall of the Emirates). Through this project, spectators have a sneak peek at the curious characters living inside this nature filled environment. One window has a motif of a mushroom village, while the other shows blooming flower huts. This microscopic point of view shows plants and other vegetal life reigning as masters, like a kind of picture, a flash, a precise instant in nature’s unrestrained run.
The outside of the boutique cleverly utilizes the glass storefront to allow each passerby a peek into the lush interiors while at the same time affording privacy to the customers inside. Before entering the store, customers are greeted by the two large window displays showing the unique world of paper flora called Folks Forest, one of the highest pieces is around 2,4 meters! To reflect the artisanship of the stunning Hermès merchandise, each piece of the art installation was also individually crafted by hand.
As stated by Zim and Zou, “Nature is surrounding us and never cease to evolve since its beginning. Their run defines the world we are living in. Nature is linked to every living being, and every living being is linked to it. Life is everywhere, flowers are growing and carry away their inhabitants in their impetus. These mysterious people are evolving, building, and living right in the heart of the nature, revealing a fragment of their daily life.”