The Beach House Louis Vuitton Built After Charlotte Perriand’s 1934 Design
The beach house Louis Vuitton built after Charlotte Perriand’s design is something out of fairytales.
Louis Vuitton has built an unrealized beach house in Miami that was designed by architect, designer, planner and photographer Charlotte Perriand.
The designer never got the chance to see her plan become reality, but Louis Vuitton has made her dreams come true, years after her dead by building the house for Design Miami 2013 satellite exhibition.
When she designed the house?
Charlotte designed the house in 1934, and was first conceived for a design contest held by L’architecture d’aujourd’hui magazine with the intention of creating a simple, economical form of holiday lodging for the market.
The concept did won the second prize but it was never built. Eight decades later, “Perriand’s studies prove quite contemporary in light of the advancements in wooden architecture.”
Louis Vuitton said “Charlotte Perriand later reworked the idea into several variations for wealthier vacationers. The fact that the project was never executed explains the lack of detailed drawings and the great variety of versions found in sketches.”
If Louis Vuitton hasn’t built the house, I’m sure someone else would have.
Why? Charlotte’s projects have links to the avant-garde in France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, and Russia. She has been described as one of the most influential figures in the modern movement of the 20th century.
She played a major role in the story of design, not only in France, but also in Japan by giving direction to that country’s industrial design output before the outbreak of war in the Pacific.
Let’s not forget that she was the first woman to work as an architect, designer and planner, opening up countless opportunities to many women who came after her.
“As a pioneer of interior architecture alongside Le Corbusier, and trailblazer for the modern movement in furniture, she created many design masterpieces now regarded as icons.”
Louis Vuitton has built the Charlotte Perriand’s La Maison au Bord de l’Eau, using sketches and drawings almost eighty years after it was first designed. A degree of adaptation was required to build the house due to a lack of detailed drawings.
Where is located?
Now constructed in the beach-side garden at The Raleigh Hotel on Miami’s South Beach, the small house is raised on wooden cuboids above the sand and accessed by a ramp at the back.
Two wings fronted by sliding glass doors are connected by a semi-enclosed corridor at the rear, creating a U-shaped plan.
The bedrooms feature beds designed by Perriand, which are located on one side, along with the bathroom. The kitchen, dining and living areas are in the opposite wing.
It also features a central deck which is covered with a fabric canopy that drains via a hole in the center positioned above a plant pot.
The project followed Louis Vuitton’s Icoones Spring Summer 2014 fashion collection that took its influences from Perriand.
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