Famed architect, Peter Marino, has redone Louis Vuitton’s 57th Street store just in time for the Holiday.
Peter Marino, who has worked on previous Louis Vuitton stores including the Champs-Elysées Maison, and is a prime exponent of the house codes in physical terms planned for the site renovations to be exceptionally luxurious, both open, light and welcoming but intimate and easy to navigate with different areas and levels on each floor, allowing the customer to browse seamlessly from one area to another.
His vision is to enter the Louis Vuitton world from the street outside over a bridge giving views of a dramatic glass staircase with 23 square meters of glass tread surface including LEDs to show frequently-changing film and artistic animations that take you from the lower ground right up to the first floor.
The ground floor is devoted to Louis Vuitton accessories and will include both original artworks from well-known names including, Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami, and exclusive products specially designed for the store. There are separate, circular zones for costume jewellery and sunglasses, and a private client room next to the high jewellery area.
Glass stairs to the lower ground floor open the way to the men’s universe, at the centre of which is the men’s club area where customers and their guests can relax.
The first floor is devoted to womenswear and shoes, in several intimate areas with generous and luxurious changing rooms. Also here is the unique Librairie which will showcase the best of contemporary Art Books and bespoke commissions by artists.
The store’s second floor is a separate, luxurious world – the private client suite, which can only be accessed by invitation.