Inside Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment

A fashion house that doesn’t need an introduction, neither does it require a background check. Its six characters are ample to prove the brand’s credibility. It might also make a woman weak in her knees, but that’s another story.

Chanel: an embodiment of glamour, French sophistication, poise and a wardrobe’s pride.

And it all started on 31 Rue Cambon in Paris – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s Paris apartment.

For the lady, it wasn’t just about the little black dress, the perfume or the trademark pearls, but it was in the lifestyle. The curtains in the lounge, the glassware on the dining table and the towels on the bathroom rack. Chanel soon became less about the tweed suit hanging in the closet and more about living the life: the Chanel life.

coco chanel paris apartment

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat
Coco Chanel's Paris Flat

Located strategically above the Chanel boutique, Mademoiselle Coco’s flat screamed pure indulgence. Considering she permanently lived in Ritz Paris, this apartment was solely a getaway for her and her guests. More like a distraction with a waft of a custom-made Chanel No. 5 room freshener, of course.

She injected luxury in the alphabet letter ‘C’, while also acquainting her living room with its opulence. A chandelier made from semi-precious stones with intertwined double-C logo hidden all through it, mounted above suede sofas from where Coco did all her media interviews.

The interiors draw influence from oriental handicrafts, Victorian wealth and Russian colours. Running along the royal theme, the colours are as rich as they can get, with splatters of gold, maroon, cream and midnight black. We see the infamous mirrored spiral staircase, from where Coco secretly watched all her fashion shows to witness the audience’s raw reactions.

Quilted pillows, walls disguised with giant mirrors and jewel-entrusted furniture: this is what you call a ‘Chanel’ life.

To live the dream, click on the thumbnails above and view the entire gallery.

Via.

Share some style:

Want to keep up with fashion?

Once a week, we send out an update with the latest fashion trends, styles and collections.
Get yours direct in your inbox and keep ahead of fashion.

Our newsletter is spam free and your email address will never be shared or sold.
Author

Written by .

Shitika Anand is a freelance journalist, based in Sydney, who is addicted to coffee, vintage boutiques, bright-glitzy earrings and British stand-up comedy. Her bank account weeps every time she walks out of a shoe shop, but her shoe rack throws a 'welcome home' party for the new member. Her undying love for words is obvious when she narrates her entire life story to a stranger on the train. Which is partly the reason she's resorted to writing. When not blogging, she can be found in a corner of her nearest bookshop, hiding under a monstrous pile of international fashion magazines. You can read more of her work on her personal site, Sweet Dreams in my world.