Fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton just unveiled Charlotte Perriand's La Maison au Bord de l'Eau, a stunning modernist beach house that until recently only existed on paper. A famous French icon of the 20th century, Perriand was a modernist pioneer who started her career designing alongside Le Corbusier. Built as a showroom for Design Miami, the minimalist beach bungalow will showcase both Perriand's exquisite 1930s furniture and Louis Vuitton's 2014 Icônes collection.
Perriand originally designed La Maison au Bord de l’Eau (the house on the water) for a competition in 1934. The prefab beach bungalow was never realized, however, until eight decades later when Louis Vuitton alighted on Perriand as their inspiration behind the summer 2014 collection. In homage to the 20th century modernist icon, the French luxury brand meticulously constructed Perriand’s beach house in Italy before shipping it to Miami.
The airy, U-shaped structure was fabricated from iroko and okoume hardwoods and is supported by a stainless steel frame. A light fabric canopy hangs over the central deck and is suspended from the corrugated marine blue roof. Perriand-designed furniture–made from oak, walnut, and slate–are meticulously placed throughout the minimalist house. Pieces from Louis Vuitton’s 2014 Icônes ready-to-wear collection are also strategically located around the house, complementing Perriand’s signature style for practical and highly functional design.
Located on the sandy beach behind The Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, La Maison au Bord de l’Eau will be on show from December 3 to 8, 2013.
Images via Louis Vuitton