Louis Vuitton has long been a luxury name in fashion. Their LV monograph is the ultimate stamp of luxury on any item. Known for their leather handbags, stylish clothing and incredible trunks, it is easy to forget that Louis Vuitton is a brand that focuses on all lifestyle garments- including homewares.
Inspired by the aforementioned handbag, Louis Vuitton launched an Objets Nomades collection in 2012, at the Miami Art Basel. Now, this fabulous collection has been updated and expanded. The beautiful homewares range is the work of a collaboration of nine creatives. Among those creatives are designers Barber & Osgerby, Nendo, Raw Edges, Fernando and Humberto Campana and Patricia Urquiola.
The new additions to the collection were revealed at an exhibition during Milan’s design week, the exhibition was held at Pallazzo Bocconi. Seven new items were unveiled. The homewares are at once both contemporary, yet also reminiscent of the classic bed trunks crafted in the late 19th century. The collection is comprised of sixteen different elements, each as outstanding as the next. A statement from Louis Vuitton reads:
“The collection pays homage to the house’s special orders of the past – such as the iconic Bed Trunk or Wardrobe Trunk – and adds a defiantly contemporary spirit,”
The collection can be purchased from the new Louis Vuitton store in Bond Street, London. Here is a look at some of the new and original items of Objets Nomades.
Brazilian designers and brothers, Fernando and Humberto Campana created this vibrant Cocoon. The seat is made from a 3D printed structure, hangs on a gilded steel and brass hook and is covered in bright red calfskin.
Hamac: Atelier Oi
This hammock, made from strips of riveted leather, is the creation of French designers Atelier Oi.
Stool: Patricia Urquiola
Beach Chair: Maarten Baas
This leather woven Beach Chair has been updated for the new collection, with eye catching all-black colouring, accented with red detail. The chair works on a hinge and when closed forms a trunk. This Beach Chair is handmade to order.
Swing Chair: Patricia Urquiola
An item from the original collection. This swinging seat is the work of the Spanish Architect and Designer Patricia Urquiola, and is modeled on a Louis Vuitton handbag.
Totem Floral: Damien Langlois-Meurinne
Damien Langlois-Meurinne brings us this beautiful creation in the form of plants hanging from leather slings, draped over leather covered arms.
Concertina Table: Raw Edges
London design studio Raw Edges brings us a retro looking table. The Concertina Table is made from sections of padded calfskin. Arranged like the petals of a flower, the segments can be folded flat and rest upon their frame of pale ask wood for easy transportation.They have also created a lamp and chair in the same fashion.
An original product in the collection, London Studio Barber and Osgerby created this stunning bottle-shaped light.
Maracatu: Campana Brothers
Another original, the Campana Brothers previously created these hanging cabinets, which are covered in strips of offcut leather from the Louis Vuitton workshop.
Concertina Lamp: Raw Edge
Ernest Bed: Gwenael Nicolas
This Ernest Bed was inspired by writer Ernest Hemingway’s travels to Africa. The French designer Gwenael Nicolas felt compelled to create this bed with a leather mattress and arching oak frame.
Miller Lamp: Gwenael Nicolas
Gwenael Nicolas also created a reading lantern powered by LEDS. The LEDS are rechargeable, and the fabric shade can be folded down into the leather case for packing and travel.
Valet: Damien Langlois-Meurinne
The Valet is a mobile valet- compromising of a wash hand basin, a mirror and a coat hanger.
Nendo created this perforated leather lamp for the original collection.
Stool: Atelier Oi
Atelier Oi bring us this leather travel stool, which can cleverly be flattened into a carry case resembling a satchel.