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Today, a new exhibition space at Louis Vuitton’s Miami Design District location will be inaugurated by a show of its “Objet Nomades” collection. This group of beautiful and essential travel accessories and foldable furniture first debuted during Design Miami/ in 2012. Now featuring 17 objects, the in-store installation will include a never-before-seen piece created by Marcel Wanders—the Lounge Chair. Its design is modular, and it can be unfolded, taken apart, or put back together to create three seating options: a lounge, an armchair, or a pouf. “With this particular piece, we concentrated more on the way our bodies move and the positions we achieve when we recline,” said Wanders.
The Lounge Chair will now sit alongside “Objets Nomades” items fashioned by designers like Patricia Urquiola, the Campanas, Maarten Baas, Nendo, Gwenaël Nicolas, and others who were tasked with crafting a collection inspired by Louis Vuitton’s special orders, things like wardrobe or bed trunks. With the spirit of the journey in mind, tables, beds, chairs, stools, hammock, lamps, and even a valet become portable through careful design and distinct materials. “Travel is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. The concept of home is no longer what it once was; no longer anchored to our past, it is now where and when you make it. Travel constantly changes, inspires, and surprises you,” noted Wanders. “[The Lounge Chair] celebrates mobile, contemporary lifestyles and champions the balance between losing ourselves and finding ourselves on a constant journey of discovery. While traveling, the scenery may change, but in fact, it is you who changes so much more. This is the essence of travel and the fundamental source of what we do.”