January 15, 2012

House of Chanel

The Coveteur has a great feature on Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel's Paris apartment. Located at 31 Rue Cambon, Coco's lair sat atop her eponymous shop and workrooms. The space served as a huge inspiration to Coco when she designed. Every surface is full of details that are often seen in Chanel collections, like camellia flowers and hints of lacquer. The mirrored Deco stairs are where Coco would sit, several steps up, when the collections were shown. The trick was she could see everyone in the audience and see there reactions, without anyone seeing her. Pretty clever right? 
Its nice to see a space that has been preserved and captures the essence of Coco in a time capsule like way. If those walls could talk, just think of the stories they could tell! Coco not only designed and worked in this space but loved to entertain friends like Elizabeth Taylor and Salvador Dali. Even cooler is the use of now iconic Chanel motifs which are scattered throughout the space. Play a little game of "I-Spy" to see how many you can find. Here's a hint...the photo of the chandelier is chock a block full of CC logos and no. 5's, just to name a few.















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