A (luxury) nomad life: Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection
I’ve always refused to go camping. Yes, I’m a city girl. But today I say that I could give the travel under the stars a second chance. And that’s because the glamping game is on again: Louis Vuitton (www.louisvuitton.com) has just launched, at Salone del Mobile in Milan, the newest 10 items from Objets Nomades collection.
Therefore, I could forget about ugly sleeping bag, foldable plexi tables and rustic swinging chairs in the garden. Why do I have to settle for less when I could have the Campana Brothers’ playful sofa, inspired by clouds and the shell Botticelli painted for Venus, Atelier Oï’s stunning chair, with its repurposed straps resembling leather belts, Marcel Wanders’ modern, richly malletage-leather rocking chair or India Mahdavi’s talisman-inspired nomade side table with its remarkable leather marquetry?
Created in 2012, the Objets Nomades collection keeps alive Louis Vuitton’s long tradition of beautifully crafted travel objects and remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories.
The limited editions and experimental prototypes that make up the Objets Nomades collection all pay homage to the House’s special orders of the past – such as the iconic Bed Trunk produced in 1874 for French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza – and add the defiantly contemporary visions of creative designers from around the world: Atelier Oï, Maarten Baas, Barber and Osgerby, the Campana Brothers, Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Nendo, Gwenaël Nicolas, Raw Edges, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, and, most recently, India Mahdavi and Tokujin Yoshioka.
Today, there are 25 Objets Nomades, from a hammock to a deckchair, a swing chair to a foldable stool. Each project has been an opportunity for the designers and Louis Vuitton’s creative artisans to combine their savoir-faire to interpret the idea of travel in their own imaginative ways. Each Objet embodies their shared ideals: a love of the beauty of fine materials, the possibility of forms and carefully balanced proportions, complex and meticulous craftsmanship, and close attention to detail.