FrontRunners September 2014: FASHION
In Renaissance Europe, members of the aristocracy would reserve a room—then known as a cabinet—in their home for their vast collections of related objects. Dubbed cabinets of curiosities, these rooms are considered the precursors to museums. By the late 1800s, members of the middle class had adopted and adapted the practice, storing and displaying their prized possessions in a single cupboard, now itself called a cabinet. Today, for those possessing a museum-quality shoe collection, there is the Coffre à Chaussures shown here. It is part of the Curiosités d’Hermès collection (www.hermes.com), a series of three cabinets designed by Philippe Nigro that also includes the Club Bar for cigars, spirits, and cocktail glasses, and the Dressoir à Thés, which holds a tea service. Each cabinet is made to order and can be customized.