Celia Birtwell illustrations, via pinterest
January 15, 2012
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.
January 11, 2012
January 10, 2012
January 9, 2012
My first job back in high school was working for Mish at his eponymous Upper East Side jewelry store one summer.
I had a great experience and couldn't have asked for a better boss. Not only is Mish a great boss but he is a wildly talented designer who creates sensational, highly coveted pieces. While I am lucky enough to own a few small pieces, if I were to win the lottery I would be sure stock up! Even better news, Mish and his team have moved downtown to Bond St. to a new appointment only space that is the most luxurious jewel box ever.
The look is a departure from his old shop but still features his signature purple hue and finishes mimicking his use precious metal and candy colored stones. The space was recently written up in Architectural Digest and Veranda, as seen below and was designed by Mish's partner (and also at one time my boss), Joseph Singer along with decorator Ina Lindemann. Way to go Mish and Joseph! Congrats on your chic boutique!
Mish New York
30 Bond Street
New York, New York