Fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton presented its Objets Nomades collection in Hong Kong last month at Central's Pedder Building. The exhibition was curated and its setting conceived by Hong Kong architect André Fu, and gave design aficionados in Asia the chance to look at the existing collection as well as an exclusive peek at one of his new pieces ahead of its official unveiling at April's Milan Design Week.
Fu's concept for exhibiting the various pieces was a surreal take on a luxuriously appointed mansion, and featured the designer's distinctive style throughout, in a palette of warm greys and sands with accents of caramel, mustard and saffron. Furniture, sculptures and other objects were positioned throughout the space in unusual ways.
"It's a challenging and interesting process because it's between the everyday, which is what the objects are designed for, and the surreal world we're trying to betray," he explains. Fu also brought touches of Hong Kong to the scene, with elements such as a moon gate and geometric patterns he remembered in the city's 1960s architecture.
Fu worked with LV four years ago and was once again invited to participate by its creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. Fu's piece for the exhibition was the two-seater Ribbon Dance couch, which was showcased atop a revolving platform, giving viewers a 360-degree view of the design.
The collection was created by the brand in 2012 and has since seen collaboration between Louis Vuitton and the world's most distinguished design talents. These include: atelier oï, Maarten Baas, Barber and Osgerby, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Damien Langlois- Meurinne, India Mahdavi, Nendo, Gwenaël Nicolas, Raw Edges, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders and Tokujin Yoshioka.
At its core, Objet Nomades is a modern collection inspired by travel and a sense of adventure from a bygone era. The limited editions and prototypes that make up the collection pay homage to the brand's historic pieces, such as the iconic Bed Trunk and Wardrobe Trunk. Many of the items in the collection were crafted using the brand's signature leather accents, with subtle nods to its iconic monogram-pattern flower. Each designer has added their own interpretation of a sense of travel to their pieces, complementing LV's signature craftsmanship, fine materials and attention to detail.
This is an excerpt from "Behind the scenes”, a feature article from the May 2018 issue of Perspective magazine.
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