Collection by Allie Weiss

Long-Lost Pierre Paulin and Herman Miller Mock-Up Comes to Life


Following its Charlotte Perriand installation last year, Louis Vuitton is bringing another design concept to life for Design Miami 2014. In 1972, French designer Pierre Paulin imagined a residential concept for Herman Miller. The six-story mock-up envisioned a living arrangement that could be modified to suit changing needs. The original maquette, part of the Centre Pompidou's collections, will be presented at a satellite exhibition, along with 18 furniture pieces from the design that are being produced by Louis Vuitton for the first time.

The curvaceous Bibliothèque U bookshelf designed by Pierre Paulin doubles as a room divider.
A famed furniture and interior designer, Paulin worked for furniture brand Thonet and Dutch manufacturer Artifort...
Petite Déclive 1970 is a flexible take on the lounge chair.
Indicative of the shape-shifting nature of the concept, the Tapis siège 1970 makes for an informal gathering place.
A rendering of the exhibition, which will be on display in Miami's Design District from December 2-7, 2014.
The fourth level of the original maquette, which Paulin produced for Herman Miller in 1972.