Over the weekend, Los Angeles got a taste of true home design innovation with the West Coast unveiling of the House’s Objets Nomades, a travel-inspired collection showcased at Milk Studios.
Since 2012, the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection has invited renowned designers the world over to create both functional and beautiful home furniture and objects exemplifying the brand’s distinct ethos. This year’s collaborations included who’s who of the design world with the likes of Andrew Kudless, Patricia Urquiola, India Mahdavi, Atelier Oï, Atelier Biagetti, Barber&Osgerby, the Campana Brothers, Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Raw Edges, Zanellato/Bortotto, Marcel Wanders, Tokujin Yoshioka, Nendo, and André Fu.
Each piece showcased in the collection thoroughly and thoughtfully embodied the love of globetrotting and exploration that the Louis Vuitton brand has become famous for.
“With my Objet Nomade, I wanted to explore the concept of travel in a way that reflected my own passion for experiencing new sights, smells and tastes,” Kudless, a San Francisco-based designer and an associate professor at California College of the Arts, shared in a statement. “Yet there is an inherent tension to travel that I wanted to capture in the Objet: you are pulled between the appeal of the new and the comfort of home, between the rush of movement and the endless waiting, between the desire to go and the inertia of staying. I wanted the Objet to resonate with these forces and represent a balance between all things.”
His piece, a shelving unit known as Swell Wave, features polished wood shelving, and the gorgeous leatherwork that has become so emblematic Louis Vuitton itself. That leather works to push and pull the wood to create that tension Kudless was after while creating his statement piece.
“Pulled in opposite directions yet completely in equilibrium, the shelf represents a balance of forces: between movement and stability, new and old, hard and soft,” he said.
Beyond Kudless’s shelving piece the collection includes a full selection of home goods that truly double as art pieces including leather and wood lounge chairs, swinging chairs, carved glass tables, sofas, stools, and even a few leather flowers that would make for an excellent centerpiece to any home.
As the brand described in a press release, all of the objects epitomize “love of the beauty of fine materials, the possibility of forms and carefully balanced proportions, complex and meticulous craftsmanship and exceptional attention to detail.”
Want a piece for yourself? Each piece is made to order, however, you can inquire by calling +1.866.VUITTON and viewing each piece on Louis Vuitton’s website now.