On the beach at La Maison au Bord de l’Eau

Louis Vuitton, Miami and Charlotte Perriand
By Thomas Davis | Art | 5 December 2013

La Maison au Bord de l’Eau, photography courtesy of Louis Vuitton

When you think of Miami holiday homes what’s your first thought? A pricey beachside condo in a gated marina or an art deco revival hotel? Well what about a modernist vision of eco-holidaying courtesy of Louis Vuitton? Now we’re talking.

This week in aid of Miami Art Basel, which presents a pedigreed wealth of 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting and objets d’art from around the world, Louis Vuitton has again paid posthumous homage to a hero of the design world – with a recreation of La Maison au Bord de l’Eau by legendary modernist French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand.

Way back in 1934 Perriand presented La Maison au Bord de l’Eau as a concept for an economical form of holiday home. Unfortunately the design was never built and the idea was later reworked into several other variations. Now, eight decades later, Louis Vuitton has given a second life to the original beach house design, working from the orginal drafts etched out by Perriand herself  and using materials such as newly cut oak, walnut and slate to erect the structure on the beach outside of the Raleigh Hotel, South Beach.

The maison pay respect to a designer whose iconic vision of progressive architecture was only the tip of an iceberg – she was the first woman to work as an architect, designer and planner, as well as being the right hand of  Le Corbusier, opening up opportunities to the many women who followed her, as well as playing an integral role in the story of European and Japanese industrial design.

As a trailblazer for the modern movement in furniture, uniting fantasy with precision and freedom with functionality, Charlotte Perriand’s work is a “synthesis of the arts” and sits atop a plateau high above the Miami arts map this winter.

See La Maison au Bord de l’Eau on show at The Raleigh Hotel from 3rd-8th December 2013


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