Eric Carlson (architect)

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Eric Carlson
Eric Carlson.jpg
Born 1963
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Practice CARBONDALE, Paris
Design Luxury Architecture

Eric Carlson (born 1963) is an award-winning American architect whose office, CARBONDALE, is located in Paris, France. He is most recognized for his design, both interior and exterior, of the Louis Vuitton located on the Champs-Élysées, Paris's 7th most visited destination.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Carlson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[citation needed] After receiving his diploma in architecture he moved to San Francisco to work with architects in America's “New Urbanism“ movement. His architectural expertise was further refined upon his arrival to the European continent,[2] participating as a guest lecturer/critic at Harvard University, the University of California, Tulane University and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.[3] In 1997, Carlson co-founded the Louis Vuitton Architecture Department, establishing his own firm in 2004, CARBONDALE, joined by Pierre Tortrat 2006 and Pierre Marescaux 2015.

Principle Realizations[edit]

  • Piselli Sud, São Paulo, Brazil, 2015
  • Iguatemi Skylight, São Paulo, Brazil, 2015
  • Longchamp, New Bond Street, London, Great Britain, 2014
  • Paspaley Pearls, Brisbane, Australia, 2014
  • Tre Bicchieri, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012
  • JK Iguatemi Shopping Center, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012
  • Longchamp Maison, Canton Road, Hong Kong, China, 2012
  • BMW Brand Store, Paris, 2012[4]
  • Longchamp Flagship Store, Madison Avenue New York, Düsseldorf, Knokke, 2009–2010
  • Escada Headquarters, Munich, Germany, 2008[5]
  • "Stretch" Apartment, Paris, France, 2008
  • Tag Heuer Flagship Store, London, Great Britain, 2008
  • Tag Heuer Headquarters, La Chaux De Fonds, Switzerland, 2007
  • Tiffany Façade, Tokyo, Japan, 2007
  • Museum 360°, La Chaux De Fonds, Switzerland, 2007
  • Penthouse Apartments, Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan, 2006
  • Riverain Commercial Center, Fukuoka, Japan, 2006
  • Marina Luxury Lofts, Ibiza, Espagne, 2005
  • Public Plaza and Commercial Space, Abu Dhabi, Uae, 2005
  • Plaza Ecija, Ecija (Sevilla), Spain, 2005
  • Takashimaya Department Store, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 2005
  • Louis Vuitton Maison, Champs Elysees, Paris, France, 2005[6]
  • Céline, Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France, 2004
  • Louis Vuitton, Nagoya,[7] Roppongi Hills Tokyo,[8] Ginza Tokyo, Omotesando Tokyo,[9] LV Building, Seoul, 2002–2007
  • Club Celux, Tokyo, Japan, 2003[10]

Awards and Exhibitions[edit]

  • “Best Designers of 2013″, Tre Bicchierie Restaurant - Sao Paulo/Brazil, Architecture Digest Collector Series; 2013
  • “Australian Made Award”, ASOFIA, Paspaley Melbourne Flagship store,Australia; 2013
  • “Best International Project”, Lighting Design Awards, BMW Showroom, Paris; 2013
  • “Asia’s Top 10 Best Retail Interior Design Projects”, La Maison Longchamp, Hong Kong, Perspective magazine’s 2013
  • “Best Designers of 2010″, Aoyama Residence, Tokyo, Architecture Digest (AD), 2010
  • “The Award for Rarity” for achievements in Luxury Design and Architecture from the Centre du Luxe et de la Creation, Paris; 2010
  • “The Most Beautiful Creation in Metal” for the Interior design of the Louis Vuitton Champs Elysees Building, from the French Metallic Construction Institute; 2006
  • “The Outstanding Design Award” from the Seoul Metropolitan Government for the design of the Cheongdam-Dong building, Seoul, South Korea; 2001
  • "10 Furniture Projects", Exhibition, Paris; 2010
  • Inclusive”, Exhibition at Aedes Gallery, Berlin & Milk Gallery, New York; 2004
  • “Logique / Visuelle”, Exhibition, Omotesando, Tokyo; 2003


  1. ^ “Luxury Goods”, Interior Design, April 2007
  2. ^ Carlson, Eric, Phillipe Trétiack, Louis Vuitton “Art, Fashion and Architecture”
  3. ^ “Carbondale“, International Magazine of Space Design
  4. ^ BMW Brand Store, Paris, 2012
  5. ^ “Escada Headquarters/Carbondale“, Nico Saieh, Architecture Daily
  6. ^ “The Art of Retail”, Global Adviser, TIME, March 6, 2006
  7. ^ Fashion Retail, Elanor Curtis 2004 ISBN 0-470-87054-0
  8. ^ “Retail and Showrooms”, Interiors, Architectural *Record, February 2004
  9. ^ “Fashion’s Spring Fling”, Interior Design, April 2003
  10. ^ “Maximum Luxury”, Newsweek, July 25/August 1, 2005