LOUIS VUITTON – Piece of art

Today I was happily blown away by polka dots from Japanese avant-garde artist and writer Yayoi Kusama.

Kusama’s work is based on conceptual art and throughout you’ll see that her main interests are patterns, psychedelic colors and repetitions. The public got first interested in the late 1960s, when Kusama organized different Body Painting Festivals. Kusama’s art includes personal autobiographic and psychological BiTes of her LiFe. Typical characteristics of Yayoi Kusama‘s art include abstract expressionism, feminism, minimalism, surrealism and pop art. I’m sure you have seen some of her art before.

LOUIS VUITTON collaborated with Yayoi Kusama for their art collection 2012.  So this season LV’s art collection is a get together of Kusama’s colorful patterns + famous polka dots and Marc Jacob‘s feminine silhouettes.

We all love the beauty of top designed window installations and the stories they tell. With this collaboration window design turned into art. This years LV window art is more than any window shopper can ask for – it’s a piece of art and it doesn’t get much better than that. The stores are beautiful designed from in- and outside with every little detail you can think of. Some may come for shopping, others come for art … either way, you walk away happy and fulfilled.

As part of the project LOUIS VUITTON spared no effort what so ever. At Singapore’s Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Level 2 a brand new LV shop opened up, designed just for this special collaboration. The whole store goes under the polka dot theme and sells only products from the collaboration with Yayoi Kusama. … The shop will be closed by end of October 2012.

All pictures are taken by Kati from toffeeaepple. 2012.

My thanks go to the LV Sales Associate who took the time and talked to me about LOUIS VUITTON and Yayoi Kusama: A world premier collaboration.


Shopping off the beaten track

When I go shopping I like the experience of „different“ and away from mass production. Artisan bakeries, ice cream with honest ingredients and real flavors, crafts from local artists and designers, that’s what makes me feel good and excited about my shopping.

When I came to Singapore in 2010 small shops run by local designers where hard to find. At that time and to my „Singapore Just Getting Started To Know Extend“ I felt a lack of creativity from what I was used to know from Europe.

But Singapore was just getting started with it’s transformation from almost mass production only to small businesses from local artists, coffee lovers, craftsmen and designers. Suddenly small shops and Cafes popped up all over the island. I came to the right place at the right time!

Doesn’t matter if you are a customer or an independent designer the passion and profession should be both off the beaten track of mass production. The typical neighborhood of Singaporeans young designers is as cute as their products. I instantly feel a win-win situation once I find such a place. The enviroment can be as inspiring as the products and the creatives themselves. Inside a small mall, a boutique with clean interior, toddler dresses with the prettiest patterns and fabrics all designed by the woman standing right next to you, creative toys you can’t help but touch. Or outside in a lovely neighborhood with colorful shop houses and a small coffee shop that just opened up.

Neighborhoods like Chinatown with Amoy Street, Telok Ayer Street, Clubstreet and Duxton Hill, Haji Lane (close to Arab Street) and Yong Siak in Tiong Bahru offer a perfect variety of fantastic Cafes, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and wine bars.