Atelier Oï is a Swiss design studio where Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond have worked for the last twentyyears in various disciplines, including interior design, scenography,object design and architecture. The studio came up with an elegant hammock, reminiscent of those once used by sailors.The hammock features a simple but spectacular lattice of those iconic Vuitton fine leather strips, reinforced with golden rivets. For greater comfort it comes with a removable leather pillow and can be strung out over a light metal frame. The ingenious threesome also designed an entirely handmade leatherupholsteredstool of a quality that is heightened by giving it the appearance of origami paper. The structure of fine aluminium sheets allows the stool to be folded up into a single piece.With a complex and precise construction, the El Confidente bench by Clino Castelli resembles a 3D jigsaw puzzle. It is also reminiscent of a Samurai bench, with a simple, geometric and very eastern look, although the artist says he was inspired by a collapsible lectern made from a single piece of wood tha the bought at a market in Kabul. For Castelli, nomadism is theepitome of our ability to travel across spaces. The Italian artist, who has been working from his Milan studio for the last 35 years, is a true romantic: he decided to call his bench El Confidente because its space is devised so that when a couple of love birds perch there, the seat brings them inseparably together thanks to the symbolic strength of its latticed structure.
The small suitcase created by young designer Maarten Baas folds out into a comfortable deckchair. The Baas studio is based in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and is renowned for its ingenuity and boldness. Baas received the 2009 Best Designer Award at Design Miami/ and his work can be seen at such places as the London Design Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and at the international furniture shows in Milan and Tokyo. Although Baass designs are generally playful, the deckchair created for Vuitton is much more formal. The frame is covered in a resin applied by hand, something of a Baas hallmark, and strips of canvas are stretched over the structure. The finish and details are Louis Vuitton leather.
When opened up, Patricia Urquiolas swing chair is inspired by the fold-out chairs used by fishermen. When closed, it is reminiscent of the delicate lines of a purse. It is made with a very light aluminium structure, gold-plated hinges and leather seat. The Italian designer created it in three different colours, depending on the mood that grabs you. Urquiola works in Milan and has designed for major companies including Kartell, Cappellini and Alessi. She called her swing chair Lady Fisher and also created a hanging hammock she calls Big Bag.
Inspired by the extravagant folklore customs of northwest Brazil and created by the brothers Humberto and Fernando Campana, the Maracatu is an exotic bag with zip that can be hung from the branch of a tree, thanks to its locking hook. It is crafted with strips of fine leatherwork and has three sections inside. Only twelve signed pieces will be made, each in different colours. The Campana brothers are based in São Paulo and their work is displayed in major museums in Brazil and further afield. Their original handmade pieces -furniture, sculptures, mirrors, lamps- reflect Brazilian culture, carnival, bossa nova, a joyful chaos of colours and textures, but above all the search for a simple solution.
Photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton