CultureZohn Off the C(H)uff With Frank Gehry: How Does He Do It?

October 14, 2014 1:29 PM

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CultureZohn Off the C(H)uff With Frank Gehry: How Does He Do It?

It was a beautiful September Indian summer day that was fixed for my journey to visit Frank Gehry's new Fondation Louis Vuitton building in the Bois de Boulogne, the capacious park in Paris' northwest extremity. A few weeks earlier I had had a long lunch with Frank at his expansive but no frills office in a mostly industrial sector of Los Angeles to talk about the Fondation, his other projects, and his state of mind as he continues to achieve the pinnacle of architectural success and I was filled with anticipation. (Full disclosure: I am married to an architect and have known Frank for many years.) I took the Metro (station stop: Sablons) and walked into the Bois, the entrance is just around the corner. I wasn't sure I was going the right way and so I asked a shopkeeper who had never heard of this enormous building going up just a few blocks away. So much for the idea that all the neighbors were upset.

I'd mistakenly worn heels and a pencil skirt, however, so I inquired at the first gate I hobbled past since as of a few weeks ago there was no signage pointing the way. (How could I go to Louis Vuitton, the paragon of luxury, in sneakers and jeans, my default metro-riding outfit?) A postman overhear...

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