For Spring/Summer 2015, French fashion house Hermes has worked in conjunction with architectural firm Noiz to use street crossing signal Xiaoluren as the feature of their window displays throughout Taiwan
Literally translated as little green boy, the character was introduced in Taipei in 1999 and is now in widespread use throughout the country. Moving through different speeds, Xiaoluren suggests the relative urgency at which pedestrians should cross the street and has become world-renowned for its design and innovative technology.
In the window displays, the character plays a very mischievous boy who attempts to steal ties, pick up hats and even seduce women with flowers. The hope is that the vibrant interaction between Hermes and pedestrians will create a new sense of urban playfulness in the areas which the displays surround.
Architects: Keisuke Toyoda (partner), Jia-Shuan Tsai (partner), Guillaume Harache, Najwa Zalaquett, Alex Bocchi, Chin-Yu Tsai, Hui-Shi Hsieh/ noiz