Leave it to Louis Vuitton to make traveling chic—even travel furniture. Foldable chairs and tables have never been considered the height of design, but rather a necessary evil for last minute surprise dinner guests, the kids table at Thanksgiving, or the frightful possibility of camping in the great outdoors. Louis Vuitton turned the idea of portable travel accessories on its head by handing over the reigns to world renowned designers like Patricia Urquiola, Maarten Baas, nendo, Gwenaël Nicolas, and Marcel Wanders, to create the collection Objets Nomades, beginning in 2012 during Design Miami/.
Now in its fifth year of the series, Louis Vuitton will debut the latest editions to the Objets Nomades family, the Blossom Stool by Tokujin Yoshioka and the Fur Cocoon by the Campana Brothers, all on view from November 30–December 4 at Design Miami/ as well the luxury house’s Design District store through January 2017.
Fernando and Humberto Campana dreamed up a cute and cheeky egg-shaped cocoon suspended from 3-D printed materials and cozied up with black short- and long-hair lamb skin, aptly named the Fur Cocoon. Yoshioka debuts a brand new piece, the Blossom Stool, whose four twisting petals (a nod to the Louis Vuitton monogram) that connect the stem to the bloom are made of cowhide leather and laminated wood.
“I thought I would like to re- interpret the philosophy of Louis Vuitton to create a work which travels through the time of history and future with my expression and techniques,” said Yoshioka. The petite seat also comes in aluminum with a gold chromed finish. If we could put that next to a campfire, we may reconsider our aforementioned distrust of alfresco adventures!
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