That could be all the more fitting as an image of resurrection in the City of Light, than a brilliant sun spilling spiraling metal beams? That is the dazzling establishment that Louis Vuitton visual innovative chief Faye Mcleod imagined for the façade of the maison’s new Peter Marino-outlined Paris lead. The store, which opens today, is spread crosswise over two notable hôtel particuliers – composed in 1714 by Versailles engineer Jules Hardouin-Mansart – and is situated in the Place Vendôme, where the youthful author of the storied house initially opened his trunk shop 160 years prior.
It’s a space that mirrors the development of a house, which started as an expert baggage provider to blue-bloods, including the Empress Eugénie de Montijo. The new two-story boutique brags not simply calfskin merchandise, materials, aroma, adornments and men’s and ladies’ prepared to wear, yet additionally its first savoir-faire corner, and its lone committed home for its Objets Nomades accumulation of movement propelled items. Each light-filled floor is associated by a staircase cut from eighteenth century stone, finish with smooth glass balustrades, suspended by stainless steel links.
Light was an essential element of Marino’s design, which features extensive windows and doors which encourage the space to feel airy and exuberant. ‘The ultramodern insertions bring an element of transparency, increasing the flow of natural light within the space,’ he says. ‘We filled in what was a courtyard between the two townhouses – now a double-height space with a skylight introducing daylight from above.’
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These features illuminate not just clothes and accessories, but a collection of over 30 works by 22 different artists curated by Marino himself. Stacks of colourful spheres by the artist Annie Morris line the staircases and a 2015 portrait of a young Louis Vuitton by Yan Pei-Ming hangs omnisciently in the accessories space. The space also features custom light sculptures by Philippe Anthonioz, and other works by artists including Stephen Sprouse, Laurent Grasso and Gregor Hildebrandt. ‘Their purpose is to make you smile, and enjoy yourself,’ Marino says.