Louis Vuitton adds 11 stunning pieces to its home furnishings line
The vibrant red armchair you see here began life as a tennis ball—if only in the mind of the hive of Yael Meir and Shay Alcalay. London-based studio Raw Edges has created the (4) piece plus matching sofa for Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades—the collection of furniture, art, and objects for the luxury home made by an impressive group of design firms—which debuts in new additions this month. During the Milan Furniture Fair.
For Team Raw Edges, Objets Nomades stands for “fun, sculptural pieces,” says Mer. “So it’s very difficult to sit in the studio and think about how to come up with a new design.” Instead, employees take “creative breaks” from ongoing projects to replace designs without brevity or clear purpose. A familiar fuzzy orb, meets an exquisitely curved seating arrangement. “There was just something so sweet and satisfying about this model that we couldn’t just leave it on the shelf,” adds Meyer.
like nomadic beings Other creators, he suggests, have similarly been inspired by what’s eccentric and well-travelled. For the recently opened Vuitton restaurant in Chengdu, China, Swiss firm Atelier Oï designed a room-covering chandelier in coral-orange leather; Now, they’ve replicated the quirky beauty (3) on a more intimate scale. For a soaring metaphor, Oï resorted to the Latin American quetzal, resting a 22-pound portable device (2), also made of leather, on the feathers of the staggering sacred bird; Fan art can “spin a little and swirl brilliantly,” Oï says, during summer dinner parties.
Milan’s homegrown talent is also part of the zoo. For the Flower Tower (1), a column of blown glass nearly six feet high meant to evoke a cityscape, Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassare of Atelier Biagetti referenced Vuitton’s history: From an isometric perspective, you can see the fashion brand’s geometric floral motifs ( registered as part of the monogram in 1896) takes on a luminous form. Along with specialty pieces that are more than just function—like the mercurial sofa and a “cocoon” chandelier (both pictured) by Campana, based on her previous designs for Objets Nomades—the lighting and furniture include Vuitton’s largest works, some of which are by Demand (prices upon request).
The smallest stones of a sauce collection Called Petits Nomades, they are like sparkling glassware (5)—designed in-house by Studio Louis Vuitton; $560 for a pair of mugs – in colors that suggest a cool ’70s cocktail bar. Who wouldn’t want to drink from pink cups?