Forest Folks: Zim & Zou craft out-of-this-world paper woodland for new Hermès store in Dubai

Is there nothing Zim & Zou can't magic out of paper? It seems comfort food and new technology aren't the only things they can recreate into colourful paper sculptures.

For their latest project, the French artists – Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann – were commissioned to create an epic window display for the opening of a new Hermès store in Dubai. Sticking to their trademark style, they took inspiration from nature and traditional folklore to create an imaginative and fictional forest wonderland.

Entitled Forest Folks, the window displays include features such as alien botanical life, neon tall mushrooms and enchanting little homes that look like little spaceships. "Nature is surrounding us and never ceases to evolve since its beginning," explains Lucie. "It defines the world we live in. Nature is linked to every living being, and every living being is linked to it. In this project, spectators have a sneak peek of the curious characters living inside this environment.

"This microscopic point of view, where plants and other vegetation reign as masters, is like a kind of picture, a flash, a precise instant in nature's unrestrained run. Life is everywhere, flowers are growing... Mysterious people are evolving, building, and living right in the heart of the nature, revealing a fragment of their daily life."


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