LOUIS VUITTON POP-UP

SELFRIDGES, LONDON - COLLABORATION WITH YAYOI KUSAMA (2012)

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Pop-Up Store | Selfridges, London | August 24th 2012

Collaboration Louis Vuitton – Yayoi Kusama

Executive Architect : MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

Innovation: world first carbon fiber self supported shell applied to architecture (ultra-thin and lightweight structure without the need for any primary structure).

Photos by Stephane Muratet

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LOUIS VUITTON's released videos:

Louis Vuitton unveiled an extraordinary take-over of both Selfridges' legendary windows and its ever-changing Wonder Room: http://youtu.be/0SB1RJ-g9po

Watch the transformation of the Yayoi Kusama Louis Vuitton Concept Store that happened over several nights at Selfridges: http://youtu.be/oSrmWYPM

The extraordinary documentation of Selfridges building facade being transformed into a veritable piece of art.... : http://youtu.be/_m7a5YmAl6Y

The poem 'Love Forever', written by Yayoi Kusama, inspired the 24 windows that grace Selfridges in London: http://youtu.be/HKK88NW4

Making Of: world first carbon fiber self supported shell applied to architecture (photos by Marc Fornes + S&D)

PROJECT IN NUMBERS:

2 large gantry CNC

2 small gantry CNC

Vaccum infusion onto planar "marble"

Carbon fiber + resin under vacuum infusion

Carbon fiber slices water jet cut & scaffold onto a polystyrene form (different from a mold)

Macro part

Lamination of local reinforcement

Electrical networks integrated within surface

Pre-assembly onto light temporary scaffolding

Pre-assembly: 2 of the 5 sub-shells

Large yet ultra light parts

CREDITS:

Client: LOUIS VUITTON - Architect: THEVERYMANY,LLC - Fabricator: S&D - Engineer of record: AKT

Keyword: Marc Fornes, THEVERYMANY, Carbon Fiber, Composites, Surface, Self-supported shell, Architecture, Lightweight structure, Innovation, Louis Vuitton, Yayoi Kusama, Pop Up store, Selfridges