Aishani Sambasivam, Year 11 (Student)
If I were to use one word to describe our Design and Technology excursion, I couldn’t! We visited the Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition in KLCC and it truly blew my mind away. It was on a Thursday and honestly, I had been looking forward to it the whole week only because it was Louis Vuitton and it was supposed to be a rather fun excursion, especially after almost two weeks of assignment submissions.
Our D&T class had been doing a lot of research on the subject - mainly focusing on how Louis Vuitton created the brand and how the latter went from designing trunks to the modern bags and other products they make today - under our course outcome ‘study of a designer / design company’ and 'innovation in creating exhibition spaces’. I wasin awe and fascinated by the overall transition the brand had made in the type of products they sold but could not believe it until I saw it with my own eyes. Seeing some of the exhibits and how they ‘evolved’ over time gave me a clear view into a designer's mind.
One of the ones that greatly astounded me was the trunk which opened to unshackle a bed! Louis Vuitton owes his success largely to his problem-solving skills - which is something Design and Technology appreciates in full. He always had an eye out for current trends or problems and designed products that would best eliminate that problem and thus, a true designer was born. “Giving the people what they want” is exactly what he did and it was inspiring to see how he did it with such class and integrity. However, the one thing that really moved me was the beautiful message behind the iconic LV Monogram Canvas - which contains Louis Vuitton’s initials, diamonds, circles and flowers printed on coated canvas - created by Louis Vuitton’s son George Vuitton. We had been researching a lot about the history behind the brand, yet I could not unravel what the motifs might have actually meant and why - I had assumed they were just symbols. The motifs - a diamond shape with concave sides with a four-petal flower in the centre, a four-pointed star and a circle with a four-petal flower with four rounded corners and a dot in the centre - all resemble a four-leaf clover (a rare variation of the three-leaf variety). Each leaf is said to be symbolic, and stands for faith, hope, love and luck. This melted my heart.
In addition I was left flabbergasted looking at the way they efficiently move the mobile exhibition around from country to country. They use a shipping container to move the items and building around and send them back to Paris. I already knew that there are other aspects to being a designer, but seeing them first hand truly served as an eye-opener. Personally, I really felt that this was a much needed experience for me, considering my love for the subject, and I would absolutely love to go again!