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Louis Vuitton takes on an Art Deco look in its new Lille shop

The French trunk-maker has set up shop in the Huîtrière building, an iconic edifice in the northern city, listed as a Historic Monument. Almost a century old, it was entirely renovated last year with the help of some thirty local companies. A former Michelin-starred restaurant, it is an Art Deco masterpiece, designed by the architect Gaston Trannoy. Its pediment is sculpted with floral motifs and a bunch of grapes. A huge oyster shell supports a bow window with stained-glass panes decorated with wisteria motifs. Other wonders are the mosaics evoking the seabed. The interior has also been restored or reconstituted, like the sandstone mosaics on the floor.

Lisa Agostini