There is very little we love more than a classic Parisian interior. High ceilings, white walls, wood floors all tied together with mix-and-match vintage furniture. It's something straight out of our interior design dreams. And serves as a continuous source of inspiration for our own homes and interiors.
In a classically French palette of black, white and gilded accents, the Haute Couture Salons are positively heavenly. The entry way opens into a foyer with marble effect tiling which then leads onto an expansive and beautifully grandiose staircase with detailed black iron balustrades.
The winding staircase leads patrons onto to different floors each which have rooms design to host fittings, viewing and other events related to Haute Couture. These rooms are in a word, glamorous. White lounges sit in mirrored rooms with heritage details like simple cornicing and statement pendant lighting by Patrice Dangel. Other rooms are divided by brocade-printed, mosaic bi-fold doors that can open to expand the space and let light stream into the parlour.
The designs have a clear feminine and enviable Parisian vibe: walls white or swathed in mirrors, carpet in grey silk mottled with subtle nuances, black framed mirrors on columns, and side tables with gilded bronze legs by Goossens. Other accents are the white enamelled ceramic console tables by Giuseppe Ducrot and the delicate pedestal tables in resin and glass by Marina Karella.
The address, 31 rue Cambon has always been one at the heart of Chanel. In fact, it used to be Gabrielle Chanel's apartment before it was used as a creation studio. It was an important sentiment for interior decorator Jacques Grange to keep in mind as he renovated and restored the space. A friend of the House, Jacques Grange imagined this renovation in collaboration with the late Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard, current creative director of Chanel.
"I sought to give a glamorous aspect, an even more couture spirit to these salons,which I wanted to make into a very precious showcase,” he explains, before continuing: "This work was carried out in a wonderful ambiance of trust," said Grange.
Grange was given access to the photo archive of Chanel to help aid the design. He sought to bring back certain element that were around during Gabrielle Chanel's time like the mirrored walls and detailed screens.
"These photographs provided a reference for me, I like this kind of approach which allows me to enter into a story that I know well. For CHANEL, I tried to evoke the salons as they had been in Coco Chanel's time, but with an artistic spirit," he adds.
The new Chanel Haute Couture Salons are elegance meets comfort meets heritage. And it's all going straight on our Pinterest boards.