Louis Vuitton: Objects Of Decoration – Louis Vuitton first arrived in Paris in 1837, when the city had yet to unfold as a fashion and design capital. But it was, indeed, in Paris that Vuitton founded his luggage empire and, just a quarter century later, opened the world’s largest store of travel items at 70 avenue des Champs-Élysées. Today, The Most Expensive Homes blog is dedicating an article to the brand’s home collection. Keep reading to know more about this great project.
After opening his first store in Paris in 1854, Louis Vuitton moved his workshops to Asnières-sur-Seine, northwest of the city. Craftsmen began to build luggage there in 1859, developing the brand’s original flat-top gray trunk and later outfitting French expeditions with travel gear. Above the workshop was a loft where the Vuitton family lived in order to remain close to production. Later they moved into an Art Nouveau–style home next door.
Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades, a collection of travel-inspired furniture and objects made in collaboration with internationally renowned designers. Since 2012, Louis Vuitton has invited celebrated designers from around the world to imagine experimental yet functional furniture pieces and design objects for the Objets Nomades Collection. The collection simultaneously pays homage to Louis Vuitton‘s special orders of the past – such as the iconic Bed Trunk produced in 1874 for French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza – while it celebrates the defiantly contemporary visions of a diverse group of international designers.
Since its creation in 2012, the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection of inventive and functional furniture and objects has expanded to welcome creations by an ever-growing roster of renowned international designers, including Fernando and Humberto Campana, Atelier Oï, Raw Edges, Frank Chou, André Fu, and Marcel Wanders Studio.
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Reflecting the multiple facets of his talent, Marcel Wanders studio has reinterpreted the geometric beauty of his Diamond Screen in the Diamond Mirror for the Objets Nomades collection. A central octagonal mirror is ringed with 24 triangular mirrors, beveled to create a dazzling visual effect. The Nomade leather trim is enhanced with Louis Vuitton’s signature contrasting stitching. This poetic diamond captivates the eye like a precious gem.
Marcel Wanders studio reinterprets Louis Vuitton’s historic Monogram motif and the canework that once adorned LV trunks in his Diamond Screen for the Objets Nomades collection. It’s intricate modules, each a small masterpiece of leathercraft comprising eight pieces of Nomade leather, are held together by brass clips reminiscent of the House’s handbag clasps. The stand with its black marble base holds 60 modules to create an eye-pleasing semi-transparent partition.
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Known for their visionary approach to design, Fernando and Humberto Campana combine leading-edge technology with Louis Vuitton’s leathercraft heritage in their Cocoon for the Objets Nomades collection. Its delicately perforated fiberglass shell is lined with calfskin, smooth on the outside and quilted on the inside. Specially-shaped cushions make this seat a coddling, enveloping retreat, the perfect place to laze the day away.
The modules of Marcel Wanders studio’s spectacular Diamond Screen for the Objets Nomades collection can also be hung from the ceiling. Evoking Louis Vuitton’s Monogram motif and the canework that once adorned its trunks, each module combines eight pieces of Nomade leather. Held together by brass clips, like the clasps on the House’s handbags, they create a stylish partition that can be sized to fit any space.
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