Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme: Luxurious shopping and design museum

By ATF Inde | Published on April 26, 2018
  • A stunning showcase of savoire faire by the famous french brand

    A stunning showcase of savoire faire by the famous french brand

  • A contemporary art museum inside the prestigious shop

    A contemporary art museum inside the prestigious shop

  • Pieces from the collection of objects nomads are displayed alongside the works of art

    Pieces from the collection of objects nomads are displayed alongside the works of art

Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme: Luxurious shopping and design museum paris fr

When you enter Maison Louis Vuitton at Place Vendôme, you
will discover the prestigious shop is also a contemporary art museum where
design and modern art are displayed with a hint of the heyday of the Palace of
Versailles. It is a stunning showcase of savoire-faire by the famous French
brand.On the day of the inauguration of the new Louis Vuitton store on Place
Vendôme on October 4 2017, a huge 6m in diameter golden sunburst was revealed
punctuating the beautiful facade. A double nod: to the Sun King and the
pinnacle of the heady days of Versailles which inspired this space, as well as
to contemporary art and the signature of the Vuitton brand.

This location wasn’t chosen at random as you’ll discover. The facades of two
17th century mansions designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, Louis XIV's favourite
architect, were blended to form one.

Radiant Savoire-faire

Place Vendome has long been a symbol of French elegance and modern luxury. The
message in choosing this space was clear: Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme has
designs to embody the global influence of the crafts, savoire-faire and French
arts – just as the Palace of Versailles did in its time.

To bridge the gap between past and present, Peter Marino, a renowned New York
architect famous for his staging of art in the world of luxury, was assigned to
deliver the renovation. It’s certainly an exercise in style because there was
nothing of the original splendour inside when he began.

To bring to life the atmosphere of a French mansion, Marino created a stone
and glass staircase connecting the four levels and constructed a covered
courtyard with a double height space and skylight to introduce light.

French stone slabs – chateau style inspiration

Drawing on his experience of the history of decorative arts, Marino mixed
tradition with innovation, considering ancient materials and imagining new
variations. For instance, the parquet floors of Versailles are represented but
in lighter shades with a modern touch, alongside floors composed of
chateau-style French stone slabs. Furnishings include carpets, chairs and sofas
designed in Marino’s New York studio to compliment the forms and materials
featured in 33 works by artists and designers, an integral part of the décor.
It is a perfect balance.

Each room reveals an artistic style such as orange cushions by French
designer Pierre Paulin or a skeleton table by Italian architect and designer
Carlo Mollino. Tributes that pay homage to the glory of contemporary design.

And, as in an art gallery, pieces from the collection of Objects Nomads,
limited edition pieces created for Vuitton by guest designers are displayed
alongside the works of art. The collection will be rotated every three months
so that the exhibition is constantly fresh.

Trunks and perfumes

The essential purpose of the space though, is to display products from the
various specialities of Louis Vuitton. Luggage, ready-to-wear, jewellery,
watchmaking, leather goods, shoes, perfumes, accessories - all the variations
of the brand are displayed in the 1,460 m² of this authentic and aesthetic
showcase of its savoire-faire.

There are also two workshops: one dedicated to fine jewellery, the other,
"Rare & Exceptional", where VIPs can discover the latest pieces
and have them adapted to suit their personal tastes and styles.

This is a return to its origins for the fashion house. Louis Vuitton,
creator of the famous travel trunk, opened his first store close by in 1854.
The illustrious founder watches with a benevolent eye from a portrait by Yan
Pei Ming that’s displayed in the store, and surely the audacity of this
artistic and inspired store would have pleased him.

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