Though I am not into classic inspired interiors I have to admit that Coco Chanel had some revolutionizing ideas in her 31 Rue Cambon apartment design. Her decor was considered very modern in the 1950s…Starting from the colour scheme she chose (beige, black and white which was unheard of in those days) to the fabrics she chose (she upholstered her main living room sofa with sued which was also unheard of in those days!)….. Coco not only set new trends in fashion design but in interior design as well.
Her apartment is filled with beautiful pieces like the ancient Russian icon from her friend Igor Stravinsky, a golden hand her friend Alberto Giacometti sculpted for her, and a shaft of wheat painted by her friend Salvador Dali just to name a few.
There are four floors in this apartment: the Chanel store is at ground floor, haute couture dressing rooms are on the second floor, her apartment is on the third, and her workshop is on the fourth. The rooftop of the building is said to have some of the best views of Paris.
Even though this is Coco’s apartment this is not where she lived!!! She worked and entertained in this place but lived a walking distance from it at the Ritz !…. Every evening, Coco left her apartment, walked five minutes across rue Cambon to the Place Vendome, and entered the Ritz through the rear door to retire for the night.
Each morning, she crossed back to No. 31. (She’d phone first, so they could spray the salon with Chanel No. 5.) Then, in a mist of expensive perfume, Coco Chanel got back to work.
If you would like to see more of her apartment you can watch the following video that Vogue has made.