Architecture December, 6 2013

Louis Vuitton Bring Charlotte Perriand Modernist 1930s Beach House Back To Life

Part of the Design Miami festivities, Louis Vuitton help resurrect an unfinished beach house by modernist architect Charlotte Perriand. La Maison au Bord de l’Eau previously existed as a set of sketches and notes put together by Perriand in the early ’30s for a  L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui competition to create cheap holiday homes. Today’s version can be found at The Raleigh on South Beach until December 8. A raised wooden structure, sliding glass doors reveals two wings housing living, cooking and sleeping areas with beds designed by the architect. An ongoing fascination with Perriand, Vuitton’s Summer 2014 collection was inspired by the modernist who is currently the subject of a show at MoMa focusing on influential female designers. “Eight decades later, Charlotte Perriand’s studies prove quite contemporary in light of the advancements in wooden architecture.” Take a closer look in the gallery.