Queenstown furniture designer, Ed Cruikshank, has unveiled six unique pieces in the new Louis Vuitton store in the Skyline Enterprises building on Marine Parade. Personally commissioned by the luxury French fashion house to design furniture specifically for the new retail store, Cruikshank said the brief was to create timeless pieces with an authentic local character. “This project is particularly special because it is a departure from the centralised international look that Louis Vuitton adopts in the majority of their stores throughout the world,” he explained. Two custom-built display tables were made by Cruikshank using a 40,000-year-old kauri wood sourced from native timber experts Tréology, paired with two unique mountain beech low tables. He also made two of his signature club chairs which were upholstered in premium New Zealand leather.

This particular project took six months to complete from initial concepts to installation. “This new phase is all about conversation and collaboration,” said Cruikshank. “I love working personally with my customers to design meaningful pieces of furniture that they will cherish for a lifetime.”