First look: The Pierre Paulin and Louis Vuitton Design Miami exhibition
'Playing with Shapes'
Originally designed for the American office furniture maker Herman Miller, avant-garde designer Pierre Paulin had never actually made this one-of-a-kind project until now – with 18 pieces of furniture from the original design finally produced.
The designs in the satellite exhibition Playing with Shapes bring together new techniques and a living space that was conceived like a refuge, or an intimate safe house. Known to be one of Paulin's favourite creations, the body dictates its relationship with the space surrounding it, placing a priority on personal use and keeping the outside world at bay – without completely shutting it out.
The unique drawings and models Paulin produced for this innovative lifestyle system of components are now among the Centre's Pompidou collections in Paris, merging elements of beauty, comfort and simplicity into one system that could be mass-produced to bring function into the modern home. Among the visionary furnishings in this collection are the Déclive articulated recliner and the Tapis-siège (carpet seat).
In keeping with its values, and by reviving one of Paulin's favorite projects, the Maison Louis Vuitton is aiding in the preservation of a mutual search for, as the designer himself once put it, "gestures that are powerful because they are balanced and true."
Playing with Shapes will be running until December 7 at Palm Court, Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th Street, Ste. 326