Frank Gehry, considered the most celebrated name in contemporary architecture and known for his billowing museums, concert halls, and residences, has found his most recent outlet for creative expression—albeit at a much smaller scale. Today, the architect along with Louis Vuitton released an ethereal new perfume bottle for the global fashion house’s newest set of fragrances, Louis Vuitton Les Extraits Collection.
In signature Gehry style, the architect reimagined the bottle (which was first designed by Marc Newson) and topped it with a single piece of crumpled aluminum, a fluid form that is inspired by the architect’s love for sailing and fascination with objects moving through water.
“This bottle is a fixed gesture,” Gehry, 92, said in a statement, “a hydrodynamic line that recalls the undulating motion of fish, the spatial expression of that slow, continuous back and forth, the interplay of unstable equilibrium and gliding underwater, which have always been an architect’s obsession.”
It’s fitting, given the bottle’s nautical theme, that the perfumes themselves were crafted by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud to evoke the feeling of travel. The scents range from Symphony’s tropical blend of ginger, bergamot, and grapefruit to Stellar Times, a soft floral, woody amber and orange-blossom concoction.
Louis Vuitton Les Extraits is just one in an ongoing series of collaborations between the company and the architect. In addition to the dazzling Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (completed in 2014), Gehry and his Los Angeles–based firm have designed a purse, a travel case, which was reimagined for the launch of Louis Vuitton Les Extraits Collection, as well as a Seoul flagship for the iconic trunk-maker.
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