Nothing is what it seems with Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades, a collection of furniture and travel accessories that transforms, collapses, and folds into beautiful, geometrical abstract objects. Celebrating the new 3rd floor exhibition space of its Design District store, the iconic fashion house recently revealed an expanded edition of the Objets Nomades program—a collaboration with 10 designers, the latest of whichfeatured a foldable lounge chair by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
Additional up-and-coming and established luminaries that are part of the project include Patricia Urquiola, Maarten Baas, the Campana Brothers, Barber and Osgerby, Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Atelier Oï, Nendo, Gwenaël Nicolas, and Raw Edges, comprised of the formidable Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay. Even with these many diverse personalities the Louis Vuitton brand remains strong.
Wanders, whose lounge chair comes in both tan and “Ocean Drive” turquoise, explained to Women’s Wear Daily what it means to work with Louis Vuitton. “To be honest, the big challenge for us in the process was to find a product that is innovative, iconic and different. It had to be an object that makes sense to bring somewhere and be collapsible, which has a kind of transient concept behind it, and yet to have a super high quality identity.”
Objets Nomades is firmly grounded in Vuitton heritage, while reflecting the unique and forward-thinking ideas of its design collaborators. For a city like Miami, especially known for its transience, this collection is almost allegorical in its exploration of consistency and change.
Currently on view at the Louis Vuitton store through February 10th, at 140 NE 39th Street, Miami Design District, catch Objets Nomades before it moves on.
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