OBJECTS OF DESIGN

Louis Vuitton decodes its design ethos into the home with its latest Objects Nomad’s collection presented at this years’ Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Louis Vuitton anchored themselves at the heart of the design industry by presenting its Objets Nomads collection at Fuorisalone 2019 this year, a design fair that takes place during Milan’s Salone del Mobile. The French Maison launched 13 new exceptional design-focused objects, including some in collaboration with two new designers, including a table that seemed to defy the laws of wood as a material, and a functional, hand crafted sofa using Vuitton’s leather as a starting point.

For the prestigious art fair, the brand has a history of teaming up with unique creatives to build unique installations that evoke the nomadic sprit of travel – something Louis Vuitton is synonymous with. For this year, the French fashion house teamed up with Milan-based design studio, Atelier Biagetti for the first time to present a unique dining table with a glass top and wavy base covered in soft leather. Founded by Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari, the studio sought inspiration in the idea of a table as an object that brought people together. “We wanted to create an “experiential object” that suggested a journey more psychological than physical”, explain Biagetti. We did not want to create a portable object; on the contrary, we wanted the object to transport us. So, we thought about a table – the domestic object par excellence – because it brings people together; it is convivial and inspires the telling of stories and sharing of tales.

The brand also collaborated with Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto, a Italian design duo from Venice behind Zanellato Bortotto, who wanted to explore the Louis Vuitton’s long history of using leather as a material. “We were immediately fascinated by the idea of working for a brand with such an incredible historical and cultural heritage as Louis Vuitton,” the design duo explains. “[Inspiration] came from the weaving, patterns and typical motifs used by certain nomadic populations that use fabric and leather to build baskets, rugs and other everyday objects. We used leather because it is an iconic material for the brand and the Objets Nomades collection; the result is so detailed and well worked thanks to the House’s innovative techniques and craftsmanship.”

The two Italian duos joined a line-up of renowned architects and designers that have already previously worked alongside Louis Vuitton’s in-house artisan team, including India Mahdavi, Patricia Urquiola and Tokujin Yoshioka for this year’s collection. The brand unveiled a total of 40 new pieces this year, including past editions re-proposed in new colors and materials including the Campas Brothers’ kitsch Bomboca sofa puzzle, now available in a neon yellow, and their suspended Cocoon chair in a faux red fur.

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