domino magazine visits the Paris apartment of Coco Chanel, the legendary designer who redefined 20th-century couture, remains as grand and iconic as the woman herself.
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At the center of the salon-the three-room apartment's largest and most lavish space-sits Chanel's oversize beige suede sofa, designed for seduction and lingering conversation. Among the chamber's many treasures are a pair of bronze deer, which once belonged to the Marchesa Luisa Casati, and a table shaped to resemble a sheaf of wheat (a symbol of good luck and prosperity), crafted by close friend Salvador Dalí.
Coco's classic living room
Six suede-upholstered chairs surround the dining room's walnut table. Symmetrical alcoves showcase a pair of crystal-encrusted gilt Venetian mirrors.
A crystal-encrusted gilt Venetian mirror hovers above a grand walnut table
This ornate gilt clock features an angel of death wielding a scythe, a workaholic's terrifying reminder of the shortness of time.
An ornate gilt clock of the angel of death
During her fashion shows, Chanel used to conceal herself from the audience by sitting on the fifth step of this …
Chanel believed in the power of lucky charms; her home is filled with resonant images of lions (she was a Leo), sheaves of wheat, and, of course, her famous intertwined initials.
Chanel's lucky charms
Although the apartment possesses no actual bedroom—Chanel slept in a suite at the Ritz across the street—the space, …
The gilt-covered woodland scene that frames the salon's marble mantelpiece is reminiscent of the work of muralist Josep Maria Sert, Chanel's close friend.
A gilt-covered woodland scene