Upon entering the premises, plush settings by Peter Marino, another longtime collaborator of the luxury brand, unfold across two expansive floors, featuring a string of homey seating arrangements surrounded by custom-made shelving, displays, and curated pieces of art.
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Japanese artist Shuji Mukai was commissioned to hand-paint three columns within the store, with a design that relates directly to the gutai art movement popular in the 1950s and 60s. Peter Marino angled the wall behind the columns to make the artwork a focal point, while simultaneously re-directing circulation. In addition, Italian artist Giuseppe Penone has installed pieces made of molded leather and bronze — materials employed to lend the scheme a “natural ruggedness”.
The exhibition is staged at a purpose-built venue in the heart of the city near the grounds of the imperial palace, and presents the company’s history since its foundation in 1854. It does so by way of a series of specially designed settings, presenting a wealth of products from the Louis Vuitton archives in nine differently themed sections.
The premises are decorated with fine materials, custom-made furniture pieces, and last but not least, original artworks, adding a distinctly personal touch. A true showcase for the luxury brand, it carries the full range of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, accessories, jewellery and watches.