VUITTON’S SALONE: Louis Vuitton presented its 2015 roundup of Objets Nomades, an array of travel-inspired furnishings, on Tuesday evening at Palazzo Bocconi, a stately Milanese palazzo on Corso Venezia, with many of the collection’s designers in tow. Objets Nomades will remain on display throughout the city’s design week, which wraps up on Sunday.
“We’re a house that is inspired by design, but we don’t want to be a furniture house; we like to feel that we’re guests and we’re invited to the Salone [del Mobile],” said Vuitton’s president and chief executive officer Michael Burke, adding that each year, the established and up-and-coming designers contributing to Objets Nomades are “given a blank sheet of paper.”
“It starts with pure design,” he said. “And every year, we’re always pleasantly surprised that a few designs become bestsellers.”
This year’s cast of designers included Patricia Urquiola, Atelier Oï, Barber & Osgerby, Nendo, Campana Brothers, Gwenaël Nicolas, Raw Edges, Damien Langlois-Meurinne and Maarten Baas.
The London-based Israeli duo behind Raw Edges – real-life partners Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, whom Vuitton scouted at design week several years ago — were taking in the set up featuring several models of their foldable Concertina chair. “Usually when you have something that is collapsable, it has to be very practical and very light and very small, and we wanted to make something that when you open it, it’s actually very impressive,” said Alkalay of the chair, made with wood and petal-like panels of leather.
He and Mer “just opened a Facebook account a few weeks ago for the first time for the studio, so we started to upload the projects and then we realized, Oh my God, we’ve had this studio since 2007,” Alkalay added.
“But we started visiting Milan before the studio started,” chimed in Mer.
Also on hand were Jacques Barsac and Pernette Perriand-Barsac, the son-in-law and daughter of celebrated French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand, whose 1934 sketch “La maison au bord de l’eau” was replicated at the entrance to the event. The couple, who are active on the design scene and come to Milan “at least four or five times a year,” according to Barsac, expressed pleasure at seeing the house installed in Italy.
“It’s like a dream,” Barsac said, adding: “You know, Charlotte Perriand participated in the Milan Triennale in 1936 and 1951, and in 1990 — so Milan, she knew it really well.”
“She came very often… it’s form of continuity; it works,” added Perriand-Barsac.