ATE­LIER OÏ

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Founded in La Neu­veville, Switzer­land, in 1991 by Au­rel Aebi, Ar­mand Louis and Pa­trick Ray­mond, Ate­lier Oï works to break down bar­ri­ers be­tween gen­res and dis­ci­plines. The three have worked on projects in ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign and set de­sign, nur­tur­ing their love of ma­te­ri­als and emo­tion. The stu­dio’s work has been rec­og­nized the world over.

LV: Why did you agree to cre­ate an Ob­jet Nomade for Louis Vuit­ton? AA, AL & PR: As work­ing with ma­te­ri­als is fun­da­men­tal to our process, we were im­me­di­ately taken with the op­por­tu­nity of col­lab­o­rat­ing with a House that stands out for the qual­ity of its savoir-faire. LV: What was your in­spi­ra­tion for this ob­ject? AA, AL & PR: The chance to visit the work­shops in As­nières and to im­merse our­selves in their history, phi­los­o­phy and the ar­ti­sans’ work, as well as com­ing face to face with the ma­te­ri­als. LV: What does Louis Vuit­ton mean to you? AA, AL & PR: Savoir-faire and a phi­los­o­phy that knows how to keep an eye on, and move with, the times. A close re­la­tion­ship with dif­fer­ent forms of art, ar­chi­tec­ture, fash­ion and con­tem­po­rary de­sign - a po­si­tion that makes it unique.

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