Louis Vuitton launches new decorative objects line in Milan

Once again, Louis Vuitton is occupying the sumptuous Palazzo Bocconi on the Corso Venezia, promising to be one of the most popular areas of the Milan Furniture Fair, which runs until April 22. The Parisian leather goods maker isn't going to disappoint guests either, with all sorts of new pieces on display.

In addition to its  traveller-inspired 'Objets Nomades' collection, which it first released in 2011 in collaboration with major designers, Louis Vuitton has released an "innovative, creative, elegant and poetic" collection: the 'Petits Nomades'.


A series of origami flowers created by AtelierOï for Louis Vuitton's 'Petits Nomades' collection - FashionNetwork ph DM

Petits Nomades is made up items created by several different designers; creatives who have all been working on the project with Louis Vuitton since its debut some years ago. Inside the dark rooms of the Milanese palace decorated in a wash of leather origami flowers, created by Atelier Oï to represent the fleur-de-lis, a symbol of the house; the objects are displayed under a halo of light. The leather and glass vases, as well as leather cushions were also made by the same Swiss design trio. The brothers Humberto and Fernando Campana, the makers behind a leather vase and Patricia Urquiola, with her leather basket.

Among the new items in the Objets Nomades collection -- the double Ribbon Dance sofa, conceived by Hong Kong designer André Fu -- who this year was a new addition to the project -- as well as a mirror made up of Diamond Mirror triangles by Marcel Wanders, also available in the Petit Nomade version.

Other objects in the collection, proposed in new colours and materials, unfolded randomly across a series of rooms, as well as in the hallway and an imposing staircase, igniting surprise and admiration each time.


The Hexacube by Georges Candilis - FashionNetwork ph DM

But the spectacle didn't stop there. At the entrance, in the mosaic-paved courtyard, Louis Vuitton installed its futuristic habitation, made out of white and yellow gold plastic. Dubbed the 'Hexacube', it was first conceived in the 70s by architect Georges Candilis, who was a disciple of Le Corbusier.

The installation is made from elements of plastic shell, forming modules of 4 and 8m² which, when assembled, form a removable, transportable design space.

Translated by Benjamin Fitzgerald

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