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  • A Damier Signature, Part Two

    In 1889, at the Paris World Fair, the Damier canvas was born; a patented invention with for the first time, the inscription “L. Vuitton registered trademark”.

    Almost a century after its creation in 1888, the Damier pattern was reintroduced by the Maison Louis Vuitton. Among the wide range of Damier canvases that have been introduced since then, the darker palette, subtle and elegant, has been one of the most appreciated.

    More masculine and revisited in black and anthracite, the Damier has become undeniably urban. Damier Graphite is the first Louis Vuitton line solely dedicated to men. Adorned in smooth black leather and polished palladium hardware, the historic motif adopts an urban look that is stylish, streamlined, modern and cosmopolitan.
    The Damier story continues...

    More on the Damier history and collections here.

    Damier Video Leather Goods
  • Altered States with James Turrell

    Art has the power to change our perspective. With Akhob, artist James Turrell deliberately alters our perceptions and expands our sensory experience.

    To enter Akhob, the walk-in light installation created by James Turrell for Louis Vuitton, is to experience the mind-bending Ganzfeld effect. A mild form of sensory deprivation, it is caused by exposure to an unstructured, uniform stimulus – in this case, a field of colored light.
    Turrell has created several Ganzfeld pieces in the past, but Akhob is the largest to date. The work’s title derives from an Egyptian term for “pure water.” One enters two illuminated chambers, the second of which is a light-filled void of indeterminate size. Only a few people are admitted to the installation at once.
    James Turrell has famously explored the effects of light on human perception; the artist  celebrates the power of light to affect the spectator’s eye, body and mind, and to heighten awareness.
    Akhob is the latest of three James Turrell installations commissioned by Louis Vuitton. The work will be on view from May 2013, just prior to concurrent exhibitions of Turrell’s work to be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.


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  • Wheels, glorious wheels

    Louis Vuitton creates a captivating dance performance in the middle of an airport style setting. Two travellers meet, and their 4-wheel “Zéphyr” suitcases interact.

    A subtly retro look, reassuring curves, four wheels… Elegant and ergonomic, Zéphyr is the new star of Louis Vuitton’s luggage line. Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has accompanied the world’s most celebrated travellers, defining with each, expertly conceived and painstakingly crafted creations, an art de voyager.

    The new Zéphyr trolley case, true to its heritage of craftsmanship, combines respect for tradition with daring modern features. In this video, the dancers twist and turn the case with admirable ease. Both robust and lightweight, this wheeled suitcase is on a roll.

    More in the full animation here.

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  • The Game Parade

    Graphic artist Honet takes us on a psychedelic journey with this second part of our focus on Louis Vuitton and games.

    Games have always been popular at Louis Vuitton: Gaston-Louis made and collected board games, and jugglers were even exposed in store windows playing yo-yo in the 1930’s. The legendary chessboard, but also games of skills, cards, or dominos were edited with the colours and style of the Maison for specific occasions. Later in 2008, Louis Vuitton chose to open a new game-playing area by creating a line of Monogram cases and chests for poker, backgammon, dice, and even mahjong.

    For this second interpretation of the Louis Vuitton game universe, French artist and illustrator Honet has created this graphic video, in one continual, spiralling thread. These graphic compositions feature the many board and table games Louis Vuitton once created, ranging from the pool table down to the classic chess board whose pattern recalls the iconic Damier print of 1888.

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  • Turbulent Times Two

    The exhibition ‘Turbulences’ travels from the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris to the Villa Empain in Brussels.

    Turbulent processes are unpredictable and so is the exhibition illustrating this phenomenon. “Scrolls of smoke, wakes and washes of ships, turmoil of torrents and waterfalls…the movement creates turbulence.” This is how the curators of the exhibition ‘Turbulences’ in Paris introduced it in June 2012. Order and disorder, closely connected in the exhibition present a dynamic, poetic and captivating universe.
    The Villa Empain, a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture in Brussels, is currently the location for Turbulences II, the second presentation of an exhibition from the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris. By hosting a reprise of the exhibition with additional artworks, the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton starts a new cooperation with the Boghossian Foundation.
    Featured artists in slideshow: Pol Bury, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Angela Bulloch, Nicolas Moulin, Cy Twombly, Pascal Haudressy, Loris Cecchini, Sachiko Kodama.

    Espace Culturel Exhibition