by Palak MaheshwariJul 17, 2019
Since its launch in 2012, the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection has invited renowned designers to imagine creative, functional, and innovative furniture and objects, which are then elegantly crafted using Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire. Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades has now grown into a complete collection of 45 carefully crafted Objets. It pays homage to the House’s special orders of the past – such as the iconic Bed Trunk produced in 1874 for French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza – and add the defiantly contemporary visions of creative designers from around the world: the Campana Brothers, Atelier Oï, Maarten Baas, Barber & Osgerby, Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Raw Edges, Marcel Wanders, Tokujin Yoshioka, Nendo, Gwenaël Nicolas, India Mahdavi, André Fu, Patricia Urquiola, and, most recently, Atelier Biagetti and Zanellato/Bortotto.
This year, Louis Vuitton’s collection of travel-inspired objects showcased works of two new design studios - Atelier Biagetti and Zanellato/Bortotto. Milan-based Atelier Biagetti created Anemona, a dining table whose undulating base supports a beveled glass top large enough to seat 12; covered with soft beige leather on the outside and contrasting deep-blue Louis Vuitton lacquer on the inside.
“Nomadism can be a forced state or a choice, but it opens new horizons,” say the duo, designer Alberto Biagetti and artist Laura Baldassari, of Atelier Biagetti. Their design is homage both to the Adriatic Sea near their hometown of Ravenna and the free-flowing movement of costumes at La Scala in their adopted home of Milan. Elaborating on the name Anemona, the duo explains, “We wanted to create an immediate connection with the sea and the mysteries in its depths. We imagined the table itself as an object from another world, home to strange plants and animals, where light and sound are different and our senses distorted.”
Speaking of their inspiration for creating the object, they say, “We wanted to create an ‘experiential object’ that suggested a journey more psychological than physical. We did not want to create a portable object; on the contrary, we wanted the object to transport us. So, we thought about a table – the domestic object par excellence– because it brings people together; it is convivial and inspires the telling of stories and sharing of tales. Then we thought about the sea, the very symbol of freedom, but also the setting for important forms of nomadism today. Our table emerges from the waves into the home as a symbol of hospitality, refuge and peace.”
Over 160 years after Louis Vuitton began exploring new territories and ideas of travel, the Objets Nomades collection is continuing proof of the House’s ceaseless sense of adventure.