On December 14th 2012, Louis Vuitton opened the doors of its first Cabinet d’Ecriture (Writing Cabinet) at 6, Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris just a few steps from its existing historic store, inaugurated in 1995.
The Cabinet d’Ecriture will open in this legendary and world-famous district in Paris for one year. It will give visitors the opportunity to wander into the heart of the Louis Vuitton World of Writing and delve into the art of correspondence, handed down over the years through the House’s traditions and famous heritage.
The Cabinet will also be a place to meet exceptional artists and craftsmen, a chance to enjoy a cultural, emotional and profoundly modern experience.
This new field for Louis Vuitton is an expression of poetry, modernity and sophistication; it is a celebration of the House’s unique heritage, which binds it to the art of writing through its founders, renowned customers, travelling authors who embarking on long voyages, enjoyed the emblematic travelgoods.
Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of Louis Vuitton, was as passionate about reading and writing as his father and grandfather, and was an insatiable bibliophile and collector. His personal library, bookplates and wide-ranging publications bear witness to this ardent love of books. His taste for typography even led him to found and preside over two publishing houses, a tradition that Louis Vuitton Publishing still perpetuates today.
Through its writing instruments, exclusive inks, crystal inkwells, stationery cases, trunks and collection boxes, as well as its paper collections, the World of Writing interplays the art of correspondence and the creativity of Louis Vuitton. This is a game of colours, textures and materials, where every element plays its part in the messages and the pleasure of writing.
The World of Writing is resolutely modern and innovative, as demonstrated by the exclusive patents registered for the writing instruments over the decades. It reinvents an art de vivre steeped in refinement and nobility, in which personalisation plays a significant role, like bibliophiles who, on the acquisition of a new book, hasten to mark their initials or monogram inside its cover.
Inspired by the cabinets of curiosities from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as 19th century libraries, this Cabinet d’Ecriture is presented as an English garden: it issues an invitation to discovery through variations on the different themes in the World of Writing.
As well as discovering elegant products and marvelling over the historic pieces from its heritage, the Cabinet d’Ecriture offers visitors an experience of contemplation and emotion. The space fits perfectly with the atmosphere and unique Saint-Germain area, which is infused with the passionate and animated discussions that have been held in the surrounding cafés across the decades.
Restored furniture also adds to the warmth and intimacy of the setting. An early 20th-century printer’s cabinet showcases several collections of writing instruments, while a writing desk from the late 19th century is the perfect home for small leather goods, stationery collections and writing instruments. A backlit ink bar incorporated into a jewellery unit from the early 20th century enhances the twelve ink colours created exclusively by Louis Vuitton.
All of these elements contribute to the enchantment, intimacy and comfort of the new cabinet. As the descendent of the writing room that Louis Vuitton set aside for customers in the Champs-Elysées store in 1914, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Cabinet d’Ecriture is steeped in history, an invitation to escape and enjoy a peaceful pause. This Cabinet will also be a meeting place for international artists, calligraphers, experts and craftsmen: demonstrations of craftsmanship will be given by trunk-makers, leather craftsmen, bookbinders, papermakers, sheath-makers, and typographers will take place regularly.
Louis Vuitton Saint-Germain des Prés
6, place Saint-Germain des Prés
75006 Paris, France
Tel.: +33 1 45 49 62 35
Monday to Friday – 10AM to 7PM
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