Chanel is a house that understands both the power of their heritage, the arts, and scale, leveraging all in thier recently revamped flagship store on 57th Street in New York City.
The store, originally built in 1996 and the largest in the U.S. at 14,000 square feet, has been reconcepted by long time retail collaborator Peter Marino. Sixteen panels of white striated glass placed in a black metal grid replaced the front façade. A 60-foot sculpture of a pearl necklace in stainless steel and glass beads by the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel drips down the central staircase to greet guest at the entrance.
Works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Jenny Holzer, Peter Dayton, and 21 other artist are situated throughout the 5 floors complete with hand-applied matte wall finishes; handwoven tweed textiles; hammered brass railings and gold leaf and crackled lacquers.
The store is opened just ahead of Chanel’s forthcoming December 4 Métiers d’Art show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.