Aside from their luxury product, Louis Vuitton regularly advocates innovations in contemporary architecture and interiors. This dynamic element of the brand is seen best in store design, celebrated fully in the new book Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors.
Written by Mohsen Mostafavi, dean at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, with architectural critic Frederic Edelmann, Ian Luna and Rafael Magrou, the book explores LV commissions through rich photography. At core, LV interiors incorporate unexpected textures and sumptuous finishes which serve to deftly display the luxurious retail goods. In architecture, LV finds physical manifestation of brand aesthetic and ethos.
Complimenting the images, interviews with Jun Aoki, Peter Marino, Christian de Portzamparc, David McNulty, and Christian Reyne shed light on the brand's commissioned projects. Each discuss the dynamic work they've completed with LV, explaining the challenges and joys of combining innovation with the brand's essence of luxury. Overviews of the 5th Avenue store in New York and London's Bond Street location are particularly intriguing.
© LOUIS VUITTON: Architecture and Interiors, Rizzoli New York, 2011.