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Architect Frank Gehry collaborates with Louis Vuitton on perfume bottle

The Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner has designed his first-ever perfume bottle for the French fashion house.

By House & Garden South Africa | October 8, 2021 | Category

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Award-winning architect Frank Gehry has collaborated with Louis Vuitton.

The Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner has designed his first-ever perfume bottle for the French fashion house.

The bottle will hold five perfumes from Louis Vuitton’s Les Extraits perfume collection.

With the collection aimed to capture "liberation" and "absolute movement", Gehry says he wanted to approach the project from a sculptural point of view, to bring something different to perfume.

"It's not a finished geometric form, it's just movement – visual movement with the added interest of ephemerality."

Image: @designbloom/Twitter
Image: @designbloom/Twitter

The bottle's flower-shaped cap is its standout feature. For the design, he took a sheet of aluminium foil and sculpted it into a twisting, crinkled, blossoming flower.

The bottle shape was inspired by Gehry’s love of sailing. He wanted the shape to be reminiscent of a boat sailing in the wind.

"When you sail, on the ocean or elsewhere, there is a very intimate relationship between the skipper at the helm and the wind, and the visual impression it creates," Gehry explained.

"The sail moves gently, the air moves and you just try to keep steady – there's an idea of movement, but it's not the same as with a racecar."

For the bottle, Gehry used his design for the Louis Vuitton foundation in Paris as inspiration. The building is formed of twelve curving sails and 3600 glass panels. The bottle is intended to be the thirteenth sail.

"The Les Extraits Collection bottle reproduces, without imitating, the tension of those twelve sails," he says.

The Louis Vuitton logo is embossed on the glass bottle while the name of each perfume sits above it.

The perfumes, which were created by Louis Vuitton's perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, are called dancing blossom, cosmic cloud, rhapsody symphony and stellar times.