LOUIS VUITTON: ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS
May 8, 2012
Recently, I was sent a copy of the extraordinary Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors, an impressive tome that is essentially a reflection of all aspects of the world’s biggest luxury group, Louis Vuitton Moët Henessey (LVMH). The featured fashion present, of course, the nec plus ultra of chic. But the architect’s eye focuses on LV’s total dedication to show-casing its creations in buildings designed by names of a stature to match LV’s own: Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Jun Aoki, Gregoire Gilliot, Kengo Kuma, Kumiko Inui, Christian de Potzamparc, Jean-Marc Sandrolini, & Christian Reyne – all amazing guys with very particular attributes that the client allows to flourish under its stewardship. But the coup de grâce is undoubtedly LVMH’s dedication to New York-based designer (he stared his career at Warhol’s Factory) Peter Marino, who creates marvelously united brand stories with his consistently glamorous interior fit-outs.