Hermès x Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Carré Colour Code

SLIDESHOW: Hiroshi Sugimoto at the Gallery Koyanagi Booth at Art Stage Singapore 2013. Click the slideshow for images from the Couleurs de L’Ombre exhibition at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

Hermès returns for a third installment of its carré d’artiste limited-edition scarf series, collaborating with Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Following two successful editions with Josef Albers (Hommage au carré in 2008) and Daniel Buren (Photos-souvenirs au carré in 2010), Hermès returns for a third installment of its carré d’artiste — where the French maison works in unison with an artist to present a collection of scarves — with Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Inspired by the experiments of Newton and Goethe and the origins of colour, Sugimoto — known for his incisive yet stirring pictures — spent 10 years meticulously and systematically taking polaroid images of subtly varying gradations that resulted in a collection titled Couleurs de l’Ombre (Colours of Shadow). Together with Hermès’ artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Sugimoto selected 20 polaroids to be transposed into silk. Hermès has produced a total of 140 scarves (20 designs have been produced, each in a limited edition of seven) and they can be purchased here.

Couleurs de l’Ombre is being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore, until March 2, 2013.

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SLIDESHOW: Hiroshi Sugimoto at the Gallery Koyanagi Booth at Art Stage Singapore 2013. Click the slideshow for images from the Couleurs de L’Ombre exhibition at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto pictured at the Gallery Koyanagi Booth at Art Stage Singapore 2013.

Hiroshi Sugimoto pictured at the Gallery Koyanagi Booth at Art Stage Singapore 2013.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photo

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photog

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Couleurs de L’Ombre — together with some of the limited-edition scarves he produced in collaboration with Hermès — being exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. It took the photographer 10 years of meticulous polaroid taking to see the project to fruition.

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