Luxury travel has always been one of the core values of Louis Vuitton. Before the advent of the airplane, when travel meant boarding
a train or ship, the French company made custom trunks and cases to fit whatever one desired. Trunks with individual shoe compartments or equipped with a safe for precious jewels. Trunks that unfolded into a desk or a sleeping cot. Trunks to hold something as simple as a hat to something as layered and complicated as a stereo system. Nothing was ever too fantastical or whimsical a request.
This spirit of adventure and travel is being celebrated again by Louis Vuitton with its special Objets Nomades collection. It is a 16-piece travel-inspired collection that marries wanderlust with innovative design, and of course, luxury. The French house teamed up with various furniture, accessories and industrial designers like Patricia Urquiola and Christian Liagre to create pieces that are unique and utterly original. Most of them are foldable too for easy transport.
There is the foldable beach chair by Maarten Baas which borrows its shape from a briefcase. There are the stools of Urquiola which mimic the shape of the Louis Vuitton Monogram flower pattern. Liagre created a foldable travel desk made of maple wood and leather. Ateleir Oi used the house’s leather and gold hardware to craft a hammock. Clino Castelli used leather sheets to create a bench for two, which neatly folds into a flat box. Fernando and Humberto Campana created the Maracatu, a hanging travel cabinet made from strips of leather. Only 12 Maracatu have been produced, each one signed and numbered.
There are small travel accessories too in the collection like Thierry Gaugain’s handbag lamp, Constance Guisset’s luxuiorus take on the neck pillow and eye mask, and Perrine Desmons’ bag hanger inspired by the iconic Louis Vuitton hanger.
The Objets Nomades collection was first shown worldwide last December at Design Miami. Today, the pieces are on display at the Louis Vuitton store at Pacific Place mall in Hong Kong. But if you can’t make a trip to Hong Kong, you can view the slideshow to see the collection. They may just inspire you to book that dream holiday.
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Louis Vuitton Puts A New Spin To Luxury Travel With Objets Nomades – Forbes