Louis Vuitton’s luxe take on life at home
If Louis Vuitton designed an Australian home, a modernist dream of open spaces, light-washed timber floors and floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the diamond sparkle of Sydney Harbour is perhaps just what you’d imagine. And this scene was exactly what guests took in as the French luxury lifestyle house celebrated the arrival of designs from its Objets Nomades collection, as well as the new Les Petits Nomades line of decorative objets and accessories, to Australian shores recently. In a highly exclusive, invitation-only curated installation, the maison presented its refined take on life at home, from furniture and artworks to jewellery and exceptional handbags, in the particularly contemporary and evocatively Australian setting of a Sydney waterfront mansion. Titled the Louis Vuitton Beach House, this concept has been translated into similarly localised, immersive experiences in Miami, Beverly Hills and Singapore. Guests at the Sydney installation were able to wander through a multitude of living areas to discover pieces like the new Marcel Wanders Diamond mirrors, launched at the most recent Milan Design Week, in their natural habitat — within the context of a luxurious home. The Campana Brothers’ forestgreen Cocoon chair, hanging delicately in the entry hall, greeted visitors upon arrival; Marcel Wanders’ portable leather Lounge Chair took pride of place in a sitting room sluiced with sunshine, while the woven leather Hammock, designed by Swiss trio Atelier Oï, swung invitingly in the sea breeze on a balcony open to that spectacular harbour view. Pieces from the new Les Petits Nomades collection, such as Atelier Oï’s handcrafted folded-leather Flower Field cushions, completed the mise en scène, exemplifying a unique kind of laid-back glamour inherent to a very Australian take on luxury.
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Objets Nomades lounge chair by Marcel Wanders. Vivienne doll. Bell lamp by Barber & Osgerby; Petit Diamond mirror by Marcel Wanders. Totem Floral by Damien Langlois-Meurinne. OPPOSITE PAGE Hammock by Atelier Oï.