These Louis Vuitton bags designed by Frank Gehry will upgrade any airport outfit
What do some of the world’s most famous pieces of architecture — for example, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Dancing House in Prague, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao — have in common? Two words: Frank Gehry.
Over the course of his 65-year career, the Canadian-born American architect and designer created truly memorable buildings, instantly recognizable by his trademark curves and curvilinear facades. Many of his masterpieces are travel destinations in themselves. An example is the Louis Vuitton Foundation in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, with its twelve glass sails that give the impression of a larger-than-life institution sailing into the future.
It’s fitting, then, that the fashion house recently unveiled the Louis Vuitton x Frank Gehry collection at Art Basel Miami Beach, a celebration of the architect’s enduring artistic collaboration with the brand — meaning you can now carry a piece of Gehry’s craft and creativity with you wherever you go.
Most of the pieces are creative takes on Vuitton’s signature Capucines bags, all reflecting the architect’s style and playfulness. Take, for example, the amazing 3D screen-printing technology that gives calfskin the look of the Gehry Building’s cement exterior. Or the impressive marquetry that creates pieces of red leather in the shape of a fish. After all, that’s to be expected from the man who designed the Olympic Fish Pavilion in Barcelona and the sculpture called Fish Dance in Kobe, Japan.
Another highlight of the collection: a black baguette piece made in the classic giri shape – a kind of inverted parallelogram – wearing the Louis Vuitton Monogram, first designed by Georges Vuitton in 1896 in memory of his late father, the house’s founder.
In addition to showcasing the Louis Vuitton x Frank Gehry collection, Vuitton’s booth at Art Basel showcases pieces created by Gehry in collaboration with the brand to commemorate their shared history. On display are Gehry’s preparatory drawings and architectural models, some of which are for the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Luggage trunks, including the “A Tea Party for Louis” trunk, inspired by Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; And perfume bottles with exquisite corks are handmade on Murano, an island in Venice famous for its history of glassmaking. It’s a tribute to the themes dear to both Gehry and the House of Vuitton: elegant design, good humor, and enduring endurance.
Originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler