Realizing on-paper designs from decades ago, particularly when they're dreamed up by icons in the field, is always something of a risky endeavor—just ask one of the organizations building forgotten Frank Lloyd Wright designs. Still, it's hard to rake up a complaint about this minimalist beach house erected by fashion house Louis Vuitton, and perhaps its because old French design idols have a knack for elevating their own kind, namely French architecture icon and renowned modernist Charlotte Perriand, who designed this gorgeous modern beach house in 1934.
Perriand, who started her career designing furniture for Le Corbusier, ultimately became famous for her egalitarian design and pursuit to find "a sort of harmony with oneself, with one's environment" and the "kind of awareness [that] affects everything," so her designs are often pared back and equalizing. She conceived of this U-shaped beach house, made of iroko wood slats and with a tarp-covered terrace, nearly 80 years ago, though Louis Vuitton revived the design ("meticulously constructed" in Italy based on Perriand's sketches) to display its 2014 Icônes collection at Design Miami. "It's a nice way of paying homage to one of the first modern designs of the 20th century." Women's Wear Daily has the full story on La Maison au Bord de L'eau (house by the shore), right this way.