How many of you know that Coco Chanel was a great lover of Chinoiserie? Shown here are photos of her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon where she did her entertaining. My favorite photo is the entry above where she used Coromandel screens like wallpaper. Two interesting points to note as well. Although she adored Chinoiserie, and her apartment was lavishly decorated in it, her fashion designs never reflected Chinese influences, although she did use Japanese and Indian themes. Second, her apartment, while filled with Chinoiserie, still reflected her pared down modern elegance. Unlike most people of the day who would combine Chinoiserie with opulent damask, porcelain, and fine Oriental rugs, hers was a modern luxe with eclectic pieces and sleek Art Deco furnishings. This aesthetic is so timeless and sophisticated and the apartment could easily be gracing the pages of House Beautiful or Elle Decor today.
(Photos courtesy of flickr)