Louis Vuitton and the Art Of Travel

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Totem Floral by D.Langlois-Meurinne
Totem Floral by D.Langlois-Meurinne

The fashion house delights us with an enriched collection of Objets Nomades

Louis Vuitton takes its chic travel tradition to a new level with a fresh range of foldable furniture. First launched in 2012, the Objets Nomades collection now includes 16 new limited edition designs, such as the packable Miller Lamp, the roll-away leather-edged Ernst Bed and the handbag-inspired fold-out Stool. Created in collaboration with some of the most innovative contemporary designers, the new collection of travel accessories will be presented at the forthcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan as part of Milan Design Week. A tribute to Louis Vuitton’s historic orders – like the classic Bed Trunk commissioned by 19th century explorer Pierre de Brazza or the iconic monogram Wardrobe Trunk – the new furniture range reinvents the brand’s Art of Travel while celebrating the union between artisanal expertise and savoir-faire. Here we pick our five favourite, luxuriously functional Objets.

Totem Floral
Inspired by the celebrated Noé bag, Totem Floral by Paris-based designer and decorator Damien Langlois-Meurinne is an elegant, easy-to-assemble flower holder. Featuring gold-plated brass props branching out of a leather-coated pole, it is a classy alternative to window planters.

Ernst Bed
Gwenaël Nicolas is a Tokyo-based French interior and product designer. His Ernst Bed is inspired by Hemingway’s African travels –a Louis Vuitton’s Bed Trunk revisited, the luxury version of a camping cot features a leather-edged canvas mattress and a complementary leather pillow. Supported by a solid oak rollable frame, the Ernst Bed is the materialisation of comfort for modern-day voyagers.

Concertina Lamp
London studio Raw Edges have played around the concepts of collapsibility, comfort and strength for the creation of their line of foldable objects. The leather-lined paper Concertina Light Shade is the centerpiece of their collection, which also comprises a set of Louis Vuitton’s Monogram pattern-inspired armchair and coffee table. Its fluctuating metal structure and soft light makes it a great glowing addition to any living room.

Swing Chair
Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola is the brain behind the colourful woven handbag-inspired Swing Chair. Suspended by two sturdy metallic handles held up by gold-plated hooks and complete with red and yellow leather cushions, it invites you to sit back and relax.

Bell Lamp
British designer duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have developed the cordless and solar-powered Bell Lamp. Inspired by the House’s history of travel, the frosted glass lamp was handcrafted by Venetian glass masters and assembled with groundbreaking technology. Its four-setting LED lighting and Nomade leather handles make it is a perennially practical and versatile piece.

Salone de Mobile runs from 14-19 April in Milan.