Since 2012, Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades have been a Design Miami/staple. Bragging profoundly looked for after home frill and decorations by outline illuminating presences Barber and Osgerby, Maarten Baas, and Interior Design Hall of Fame part Patricia Urquiola, the gathering will soon set out on a North American visit, hitting Houston (February), Los Angeles (May), Chicago (July), and Toronto (September). Among the pieces exhibited are the Campana Brothers’ Cocoon and Bomboca Sofa, India Mahdavi’s Talisman Table, and Tokujin Yoshioka’s Blossom Stool, the last two presented at Salone del Mobile 2017. To begin with stop? Louis Vuitton Houston Galleria, situated at 5015 Westheimer Road, from February 21 until March 7.
At the store entrance done up in French limestone, floating metal and glass shelves display Vuitton’s famed leather goods. Further inside the store are furniture selections from Peter Marino. Other rooms in the new store introduce visitors to the full world of Louis Vuitton, which — as anyone who has ever been gauche enough to peruse price tags while in a Vuitton store knows — can be yours for quite a pretty penny.
Vuitton said the remodeled North Michigan Avenue outpost will include all the major categories of Vuitton products including the Objets Nomades collection of travel-inspired furniture and home accessories, plus products exclusive to Vuitton’s Chicago store. With the Vuitton store revamp now complete, look for the ultra-high-end retail battle between Gucci and Vuitton to really heat up in Chicago.
The principal Gucci outpost in Chicago — situated in the 900 N. Michigan Ave. Shops directly across North Michigan Avenue from the Vuitton store — was recently remodeled and expanded to encompass two floors. The significant Gucci retail upgrade no doubt provided an incentive for Vuitton to up its game.
Since the redo, Gucci’s display windows fronting North Michigan Avenue have been filled with a fascinating cavalcade of elaborate fashion and bag designs from the astoundingly bold Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele — making the windows must-see stops for anyone in Chicago who is interested in colorful, creative (some might say outlandish) fashion design.