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Anatomy of Inspiration: Louis Vuitton's Concept Handbags Steal from Prada's Architecture

These concept designs for Louis Vuitton, created by Dzmitry Samal, are both hypercool and hypermodern, and "inspired by architecture:"

Dzmitry Samal

Dzmitry Samal

But wait a second! Any fan of architecture and design will recognize that the strappy motif actually appeared previously in Herzog & de Meuron's Bird's Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics—-and, even earlier, in this stunning flagship store for Prada in Tokyo:


The similarities are hard to ignore, right? Which makes you wonder two things: How pissed would Prada be if those LV handbags went into production? And why didn't Prada recognize that in commissioning such a showpiece showroom, they actually created not just floor space, but an amazing branding statement that they could have played out in lucrative accessories?

Which also makes you think: Next time a fashion house hires a starchitect, a smart requirement would be the building be so iconic that it can be translated into leather and plastic. After all, good architecture works at any scale—even tiny.

[Via DesignBoom]