Louis Vuitton’s Travel Objects Unveiled at Art Basel Miami Beach

Yesterday, Louis Vuitton premiered a limited-edition capsule of 16 travel-inspired objects, marking both its official kick-off for Art Basel Miami Beach and the label’s migration due south, from Bal Harbour to the Design District. These “Objets Nomades” are all one-offs, and while they’re available for sale, the exhibition will travel once Basel closes its curtains.

The funkiest is a piece called “Maracatu” by the Brazilian duo Fernando and Humberto Campana (above, right). These guys are a bit like the Jeremy Scott of furniture design – think armchairs covered from base to back in stuffed toy pandas or shredded alligator skins. Their Louis Vuitton contribution, a travel cabinet made out of leather strips and gold hardware, retains this is-it-playful-or-is-it-sinister outlook. If you’ve got $52,500 to plunk down on fashion-art, why not go for wow-factor?

Always practical, Brits Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby designed “The Bell Lamp” (above, left), which features a simple but chic fogged-glass chamber (stamped with LV’s monogram, of course) wrapped in stitched-leather stirrups. Barber and Osgerby are heralded for their contemplative and serene approach to design; they crafted London’s 2012 Olympic torch.

“The Beach Chair” by Maarten Baas (above, center) harkens back to 2009, when this talented Dutch conceptualist was crowned Designer of the Year at Design Miami. His winning idea? A series of “burnt” chairs – charred and splintered, post-conflagration. For Vuitton, Baas assembled a Key Biscayne-ready tan-and-white woven seat that, when folded, looks like a classic Louis attaché. Pretty high-brow for a man that prides himself on working out of a farm in south Holland – this is our favorite.

–Nicholas Remsen

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Images: Courtesy Louis Vuitton