‘I carry my house with me’ – the interior design obsession that inspired Chanel’s new high jewellery collection

‘I carry my house with me’ – the interior design obsession that inspired Chanel’s new high jewellery collection

This week, as the summer Couture season sprinkles added glamour across Paris by way of the high jewellery presentations, Chanel’s treasured Coromandel screens, which she began collecting around 1910, enter the design frame. The screens inform the new ‘Coromandel’ high jewellery collection. So taken was the designer with these richly enamelled red, gold and black Chinese panels that she not only made them the focal point of her still-intact Rue Cambon apartment, Chanel was prone to shipping them around the world on her travels, too. Their intricately painted stories of exotic voyages and places, flowers and birds signalled an aesthetically pleasing environment wherever she went. Now, in their dazzling new forms, they are destined to travel the world anew. We home in on the screens’ design details prior to the collection’s unveiling, in Paris, today:

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