Louis Vuitton collaborates with superstar architect Frank Gehry on a handbag collection
December 7, 2023
Louis Vuitton continues to collaborate with Frank Gehry. At the Art Basel Miami Beach contemporary art fair, the LVMH Group’s flagship brand presented a capsule collection of handbags designed by the famous American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry, the mastermind behind the construction of the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris.
Louis Vuitton participated for the second year in a row in this artistic event, which was held from December 8 to 10 in Miami, Florida. The brand is one of the fair’s global partners, and is present at the 21st edition of the fair with a pavilion showcasing its long-standing collaboration with Gehry, which in 2014 also designed the store windows of the brand’s Parisian stores, as well as the Twisted Box. hand bag.
The latter is one of the four themes of the Louis Vuitton pavilion (the others are Architecture and Form, Exploration of Materials, and Animals), which displays a collection of boxes, perfume bottles, original artworks, drawings, architectural models and handbags, all of them created by Gehry.
Known for the organic aesthetic of his majestic, ruined buildings, the 94-year-old architect remains brimming with creative energy. He has designed, among others, the film archives of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the stunning Loma Tower in Arles, France, in 2021.
The limited-edition collection consists of dozens of models, some of which are inspired by Jerry’s most famous projects, such as a replica of Jerry’s handbag. Bear with us Sculpture. The emphasis is on unique craftsmanship and materials, as shown in Concrete pockets of Capucines MM The bag, whose exterior is made of calfskin leather using an innovative embossed screen-printing method that mimics the different textures of concrete used in some of Gehry’s buildings.
Louis Vuitton in Miami presented other works that Gehry developed for the brand, such as the sculptural torso Tea party for Louisdesigned for 200 boxes, 200 visions An exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Vuitton. As well as perfume bottles Excerpts Scents, and preparatory models for the Fondation Louis Vuitton building in Paris.
Louis Vuitton has had a close relationship with the art world for many years, collaborating with contemporary art giants such as Sol LeWitt, James Rosenquist, and César and Olafur Eliasson. Defined as a “creative cultural company” by LVMH president Bernard Arnault, over the years Louis Vuitton has commissioned many other artists to reinvent its iconic handbags, such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, and Steven Sprouse.
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