LOUIS VUITTON, LA MAISON AU BORD DE I’EAU, MIAMI; December 4
A house designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1934, but never built, was erected by Louis Vuitton for Design Miami 2013 as a tribute to the visionary modernist architect, designer, planner and photographer.
La Maison au Bord de I’Eau was originally designed by Perriand for a competition held by L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui magazine, for which it won second prize. Its premise was to introduce an economical form of holiday lodging for the mass market and, although the competition entry was never built, Perriand later reworked the idea in variations for wealthier vacationers. The plans for the original house were recently uncovered by Julie de Libran of Louis Vuitton when she was granted access to Perriand’s archives. The house – built in the beachside garden of The Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach – brought to life Perriand’s unrealised vision for a low-cost, avant-garde and eco-friendly abode, a fine testament to a woman ahead of her time.
On December 4, Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke and Craig Robins of Design Miami hosted a dinner at La Maison au Bord de I’Eau attended by Michelle Williams, Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Pharrell Williams, Louis Bourgoin and a host of other celebrities.
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