Frank Gehry designs Louis Vuitton handbags based on architecture
Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry unveiled 11 limited-edition handbags for fashion brand Louis Vuitton at Art Basel Miami Beach during Miami Art Week.
The collection, called Louis Vuitton x Frank Gehry, features bags inspired by the Canadian-American architect’s buildings and animals.
It was shown at Art Basel Miami Beach in an installation featuring several of Gehry’s previous pieces for the brand.
For the collection, Gehry reimagined three Louis Vuitton Capucines based on the shape and finish of some of his most famous buildings.
The Capucines BB Shimmer Haze features a shimmering, translucent finish made from six panels of plexiglass, inspired by Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, while the Capucines MM Concrete Pockets is designed with a layered calfskin finish to evoke the Guggenheim Museum. in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
The IAC building in New York informed the Capucines BB Analog Bag, which has angled leather sections screen-printed with parts of the building’s facade.
Three other Louis Vuitton Capucine bags have been redesigned with the addition of animals, including a pair of fish.
The Capucines MM Fish Bag was inspired by the fish-shaped lighting feature that Gehry created for the Louis Vuitton Foundation in 2014. It has been reimagined as a bag using a multi-colored red fish made of leather placed on the smooth white leather exterior of the bag.
Besides, the Capucines Mini Drawn Fish Bag in white crocodile leather has a diagram of a fish by Gehry embroidered on it.
The other two animal-informed bags feature smaller interpretations of Gehry’s previous sculptures. He reimagined a crocodile sculpture designed for London restaurant Sexy Fish as the brass handle of the Capucines BB Croc bag, which features a Taurillon leather exterior covered in an abstract yellow print.
While the Bear With Us Clutch is a bear-shaped bag that is a miniature version of the life-sized Bear with Us sculpture that Gehry created in 2014 and is now on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Two additional Capucines bags – the Capucines Mini Puzzle and the Capucines Mini Blossom – feature colorful, petal-like shapes.
The Capucines Mini Puzzle is covered in interlocking, hand-painted petals made of lambskin, while the Capucines Mini Blossom has three petals made of glass-like resin that were inspired by Gehry’s Les Extraits perfume bottles for Louis Vuitton.
For the final two pieces in the collection, Gehry revisited his Twisted Box bag, which was designed as part of the Celebrated Monogram series created in 2014 to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Louis Vuitton.
The bag, which features the brand’s logo embossed on the leather exterior, has been redesigned in black and silver.
According to Gehry, his aim was to try out and enjoy the collection.
“It’s not something I normally do — handbags — so it’s a search for ideas,” he said. “Every creative person goes through this, it’s a lot like making a movie, or launching a rocket to the moon.”
“There are very different levels of creativity and the expertise that brings is years of experience, and in my case I built a lot of buildings so I could shorten things – I had a lot of fun at my young age of 94,” he continued.
Along with the bags, the installation included several drawings and models of the architect’s works alongside previous items designed for the brand including A Tea Party for Louis Trunk, created for the 200 Trunks exhibition, 200 Visionaries, and Les Extraits perfume bottles.
Photograph courtesy of Louis Vuitton, unless noted.
Miami Art Week takes place from December 6 to 19 in Miami, United States. Check out Dezeen’s events guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.