Delightful discovery abounds for the curious, in a Parisian dream. Quietly nestled on the first floor of the Saatchi Gallery, Wanderland is the exquisitely imagined world of Hermès. Inside, the spirit of flânerie beckons, drawing us to experience those moments of delight intrinsic to a kind of liberated, agenda-less, urban wandering.
It's a beautiful exhibition that tickles at our latent curiosity, awakening a sense of bright wonder that - as an adult - feels like a long forgotten, childhood friend. Guests move from scene to scene - eleven different rooms are the harmonious, modern magic of designers, artists and expert technicians. Each threshold heralds a new narrative in this Paris-inspired landscape, and the former recedes fondly, yet rapidly, into the monument of memory. From the open town square to an intimate café, our infatuation is complete in the colour, sounds and images of where we stand, and time slows for us to revel in all the finely tuned, unexpected details.
From the Hermès archive and contemporary collections, pieces have been carefully curated and deftly woven into the story with playful, immersive sets, nuanced lighting and captivating digital technology. And, like proud parents, the brand's (impeccably attired) ambassadors are ever near, all knowing smiles and kind encouragement as we - now flâneurs ourselves - stroll on.