By COURTNEY KENEFICK
“Travel constantly changes, inspires, and surprises you,” says Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. This sentiment is reflected in his recent creation for Louis Vuitton, a multifunctional lounge chair that wondrously converts from a pouffe into a chaise lounge or armchair. The piece is the latest addition the brand’s Objets Nomades collection, an ongoing series of portable furniture and accessories made in collaboration with influential artists and designers. The full collection, including Wanders’s protean creation, will soon become an exhibition in Miami at Louis Vuitton’s Design District store—a fitting outpost, as so many of the limited-edition wares walk the line between objets d’art and hyper-practical travel goods. In a nod to the Magic City, the chair’s leather and suede upholstery is offered in what Wanders describes as “Ocean Drive turquoise.” (A classic Louis Vuitton tan leather is also available.) Despite its conspicuous utility, the designer insists that at conception, form preceded function. “We were able to design an object that adapts to space and allows those who experience it to connect with it,” he says. In that way, the piece mirrors the experience of travel itself. Louis Vuitton leather and suede upholstered carbon fiber chair, price upon request, louisvuitton.com.