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By Drew Limsky | Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton | January 31, 2017
After collaborations with Swarovski and Cassina, Tokujin Yoshioka creates a piece that’s on the move for Louis Vuitton.
The point of Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades installation at Design Miami/ was surely to encourage fairgoers to pack a bag and jet off to somewhere fabulous. The 18 collaborations nod to early- and mid-20th century voyages, to bed trunks and wardrobe trunks—to a time and lifestyle defined by supple, durable leather and bold topstitching.
No piece evokes this glamorous era more than the Blossom stool by Tokyo-based Tokujin Yoshioka, whose works have been shown at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, as well as in such rarified museums as Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
“I thought I would like to reinterpret the philosophy of Louis Vuitton,” Yoshioka says, “to create a work that travels through history and the future, using my techniques to express a new journey.” Yoshioka closely considered LV’s petal monogram and was moved to conjure a stool that pays homage to it. “This is an object
that delivers an iconic and symbolic message constructed with the structure of four petals,” the artist explains. “The Blossom stool is an art object that travels beyond time.” To the trade, Louis Vuitton, 140 NE 39th St.