Louis Vuitton crosses (fabricated) boundaries


Louis Vuitton’s dedication to art and design has never been more evident than when it unveiled its US$135 million (RM555 million) Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris last year. The Frank Gehry-designed building champions contemporary art and culture – an ethos echoed in the French maison’s Objets Nomades collection.

The collection is inspired by the house’s Special Orders department, which in 1880 designed a trunk that opened up into a camp bed for explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. Objets Nomades comprises 16 innovative pieces, including the woven Swing Chair by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola and a revisit of the Bed Trunk in French designer Gwenael Nicolas’s rollable Ernest Bed. The collection represents the luxury label’s commitment to functional design and the art of travel.

On the subject of art and travel, fans and collectors of Louis Vuitton City Guides will recognise the work of Cuban illustrator Ruben Toledo, whose sketches have decorated the travel booklets for the past 15 years. In celebration of the longterm collaboration, the fashion house pays tribute to the artist with a limited-edition release. Numbering only 30 sets worldwide, all boxes are personalised with an original artwork by Toledo. The €6,000 (RM30,000) set is available only in selected cities, including Singapore.


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