Louis Vuitton opens a theatrical floating space that contains the French brand’s first cafe, as well as an exclusive restaurant

Based on close collaboration between Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, architects who share in a long-term relationship with Louis Vuitton, the new Maison Osaka Midosuji seems like a sailboat.

Pale, light, airy, the structure based on the traditional merchant vessel Higaki-Kaisen suggests the image of fluctuating sails: a ship that floats on the water in a city with a long maritime tradition.

The iconic building has been designed to embody the cultural heritage of Osaka, Japan’s main port, and to emphasize the position and importance of the city, with its growing role as a destination for international travelers.

Inside, Peter Marino has focused on the same approach applied in the architectural design: in the four levels of the store there is a seagoing atmosphere, combined with references to traditional Japanese culture.

Furthermore, Maison Louis Vuitton Osaka Midosuji is the first Louis Vuitton store to contain a cafe. Created in collaboration with the famous Japanese chef Yosuke Suga, Le Café V is on the upper level, prior to the entrance to the exclusive (hidden behind a door in ‘speakeasy’ style) Sugalabo V restaurant, open only in the evening. The large terrace and its adjacent bar can be visited in the daytime and in the evening.