Louis Vuitton Visionaries. 2021
Antony Micallef is chosen as one of Louis Vuitton Visionaries.
Long before Louis Vuitton was synonymous with luxury handbags, designer fashion, jewelry, and fragrances, the brand was an esteemed atelier of luggage. Its eponymous founder was an avid adventurer, entrepreneur, and creative who translated his passion for travel into a company that continues to brave new ground in the worlds of art and design.
To celebrate the bicentennial of Vuitton’s birth—August 4, 1821—the fashion house is launching “Louis 200,” an extensive, multi-platform initiative that will commemorate the maison’s trailblazing founder through a series of unique experiences, installations, and offerings.
The designers started with a box measuring 50 by 50 by 100 centimeters, dimensions similar to Louis Vuitton’s initial trunk design from the 1850s, which was groundbreaking at the time for its flat lid and waterproof coated-canvas material. From there, each of the talents was given free rein to reimagine the luggage as a vessel, reinterpreting its form and function in line with their creative vision. Each work is being presented in a store window around the world, with many also featuring a digital montage or a larger-than-life portrait coupled with a festive façade decoration.
Kicking off the celebration is a reimagining of the traditional Louis Vuitton trunk. More than 200 contributors from a diverse range of industries—from art and architecture to extreme sports, entertainment, and aeronautics—have transformed the iconic case in their own creative style. Among the participants are Samuel Ross, Peter Marino, Qualeasha Wood, Amanda Haeghen, and Jean-Michel Othoniel, as well as explorer Matthew Tordeur, botanical artist Mr. Flower Fantastic, boy band BTS, comedian Alison Wheeler, choreographer Alexander Ekman, and Paralympic athlete Theo Currin.
“I wanted this piece of art to represent the essence of creativity, sprawling, and branching out from within,” says British artist Antony Micallef, who created a case layered in thick swoops of paint, creating a textural landscape of artistic forms. “An organic, playful form that germinated from the wonder of cross pollination of ideas and mediums. I wanted my trunk to have a sense of life cultivated by tradition and fused by craft.”