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.
Hammock —Inspiredbylouisvuitton’ssavoir-faireinknitwear,the Hammockfeaturesanapparentlysimple,yetspectacularweaveofrefined leatherstripsinthehouse’siconicleather,allreinforcedbygildedrivets. Stool —Folded,itappearslikeasinglesheetofleather;unfolded,itmagically becomesaleathertravelstool.combiningtheartoforigamiwithlouisvuitton’s savoir-faireintraditionaltrunkmakingtechniques,thestoolisanextraordinaryobject: arigidoutermembranewrappedinsoftnomadeleatheroveranaluminumstructure.