Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Icons of Design - Coco Chanel

One of our themes for The Blog is discussing the creative forces that shape and control the design world. These influences can be found around the world and throughout time.
One of the biggest names this past century was Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel, was renowned for her sense of style, elegance and class without being too serious.

Although Coco Chanel is first and foremost an icon of fashion, her bold and forward thinking designs have, and continue to, inspire and influence the world of interior design. We wanted to demonstrate this by putting together a virtual collection of pieces available today that we feel echo her impeccable taste and may in fact have been inspired by her.

A good reference point for her design style are photos of her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon.

To visit Coco Chanel's apartment visit:

Here is our collection of items that we think would fit right in at Coco' apartment.

An eclectic collection of modern, rococo, and whimsy blended together in her very classic yet feminine style.

The tufted upholstery used on the back of this Chintz & Co SOFA reads perfectly with her famous quilted bags but still maintains a tailored, classic form as opposed to the leather quilted CUBE by Brocade Home which brings a modern flair to the same reference.

Interestingly enough, Coco decorated her sitting room with a suede beige sofa in a time when both suede and beige upholstery were unheard of. This sofa is also upholstered in an off-white ultra-suede.

She was reportedly selective about who could actually sit on it. Coco loved, elaborate Venetian mirrors and statues mixed with pieces from around the world with a glamorous crystal chandelier in every room to top it all off.

This elaborate mirror featuring inlaid mother of pearl birds from Graham and Green is a perfect blend of whimsy and class.

Some eastern influences like this SIDE TABLE from Chintz and Company and this SCREEN show her well traveled career while this CHANDELIER from Brocade Home is the epitome of refinement.

A few well chosen accessories like this PRINT of her signature camellia flower from The Cross in Vancouver and this horse STATUE from Liberty show Coco’s personality while a stunning accent wall in this metallic flocked WALLPAPER from Brocade Home finishes the room with panache.

And let’s not forget, Coco’s name is synonymous with the tweed suit so there has to be at least a few tweed hand towels Crate and Barrel to spice up the washroom.

And that's it for our virtual collection inspired by the one and only Coco Chanel.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think these items would make the beginnings of a wonderful space!