The Louis Vuitton Island is a new luxury destination for demanding travelers who wish to transform every journey into a unique personal experience.
Singapore welcomes a new luxury shopping destination and retail icon as Louis Vuitton opened its first Island Maison at the Marina Bay Sands last September 18th. The Maison sits on the waterfront of the Marina Bay promenade and will be a distinctive landmark in the celebrated landscape around the bay.
The Louis Vuitton Island Maison is a one of a kind concept for the luxury brand, and will feature nautical- inspired interiors exclusively designed by internationally acclaimed and award winning architect Peter Marino. Visitors can look forward to a unique and sophisticated retail experience as the first Louis Vuitton Maison in Southeast Asia will incorporate art and cultural elements in its retail space.
The Louis Vuitton Island Maison is one of the two stand-alone glass and steel crystal pavilions designed by architect Moshe Safdie as part of his overall design for the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore.
Visitors can access the Louis Vuitton Island in three different ways : via an outdoor bridge; by boat, disembarking at a jetty; and from the mall via a tunnel and ascending ‘travelator’ which leads them to the centre of the pavilion.
The first Louis Vuitton Maison in Southeast Asia, and the 12th in the world, the Louis Vuitton Island incorporates art and cultural elements within its retail space. Like similar Louis Vuitton Maisons throughout the world, the Louis Vuitton Island is designed to be committed to the artistic and cultural life of the city.
The Maison also house a bookstore, where visitors can browse a specially curated selection of books on travel, design, art and culture.
The Maison also exhibit a piece of artwork by the Cuban-born illustrator Ruben Toledo, which will be displayed by the staircase linking the watch and jewelry universe and bookstore. Painter, sculptor, illustrator, columnist and critic for leading fashion magazines, Ruben Toledo has illustrated every city in the Louis Vuitton City Guide series since 1998. Born in Havana in 1961, he lives and works in New York, a city to which he has also devoted a travel notebook published by Louis Vuitton.
The Espace Louis Vuitton Singapore is located in the underwater tunnel that joins the Louis Vuitton island to the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall. It aims to provide visitors to the store with an immersive art experience and to help set the scene for their arrival in the main pavilion of the store.
On the right side of the tunnel, a selection of historic Louis Vuitton luggage linked to the nautical world and transatlantic travels of the early 20th century are displayed.
On the left side of the tunnel, for the first time in Singapore, a cultural space feature the inaugural exhibition, 15 international artists, including Singapore artists, will share their personal interpretations around the islands theme.
The inside of the pavilion has been designed by Peter Marino, featuring nautical inspired interiors and inviting the visitors to become explorers while discovering its multiple facets. It pays homage to the traveller and to the spirit of the sea.
To capture the thrill and romance of the sea, Peter Marino designed for the Louis Vuitton Island, a series of nautical-inpsired spaces based on traditional materials of the seafaring world. In particular, the timber used for sailing ships and the stone of harbors and slipways can be found throughout the Maison.
Women’s Universe, whose ceiling soars to a height of 11 meters, features masts of sailing ships suspended in the air.
The main challenge for Peter Marino and his design team was to manage the daylight allowed by the glass walls of the pavilion, to ensure consistent lighting of the interior while still allowing visitors spectacular views of the surrounding Marina Bay.
The other specificity of this project resides in the interior layout of the space. Unlike other Louis Vuitton stores and Maisons, the arrangement of the furniture and product displays is focused towards the centre creating a promenade along the windows of the Maison, inviting visitors to take pleasure from the spectacular exterior views.
The Louis Vuitton Island will also present a permanent installation by British artist Richard Deacon. Winner of the Turner Prize in 1987, Richard Deacon is renowned for his large-scale sculptures. For the Louis Vuitton Island, the artist has created a hanging sculpture formed three interlocking pieces. Entitled “Upper Strut”, this artwork was inspired by the surface of the water. It will be one of the first artworks by Richard Deacon to be suspended, and on a scale never accomplished before.
The mezzanine of the Louis Vuitton Island is devoted to travel, and offers visitors glimpses of the Singapore skyline, inviting them to embark on an imaginary journey. The first space of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, it also showcases the newly launch ‘Made for Travel’ men’s clothing range, designed specifically for modern travel and characterized by it s use of hi-tech fabrics.
As an extension of travel room, an outdoor Loggia, reminiscent of the deck of a luxury yacht, invites visitors to take a moment to pause and relax. The Louis Vuitton Island represents the ultimate embodiment of the seafaring aesthetic and clearly evokes Louis Vuitton’s long associations; not only with the golden age of ocean travel, but also with prestigious international sailing competitions, notably the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup.
Louis Vuitton Island Maison
2 Bayfront Avenue
#B1-38/39 & B2-36/37/37-A
Crystal Pavillon North
Marina Bay Sands
Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Friday, Saturday & eve of public holidays: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
+65 6788 3888
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