The famous Coco Chanel apartment in Paris has been given a decor upgrade thanks to designer duo Dorothée Delaye and Daphné Desjeux. Together the two comprise the Parisian design firm, Desjeux Delaye and they created the uniquely beautiful light fixtures that illuminate the apartment situated on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. This apartment becomes a mecca for fashion editors during special events events like Paris Fashion Week.
The designers revealed that they did not look to Coco herself for inspiration when it came to designing the lighting. This may be a sacrilegious decision to some, but the duo were candid about their reasons. “We quickly disengaged with style of Coco Chanel, as taking her inspiration was a mistake for the space today.” The size and scale of the space meant that the designers had to use larger fixtures which would have been a departure from the style of the apartment’s famous former inhabitant.
“We wanted fixtures that were treated like wall jewels with simple and timeless shapes. Coco Chanel’s apartment is a marvel, thanks to its woodwork, its moldings, and high ceilings. We counterbalanced the style with more refined forms,” said Delaye. Their designs include lamps and wall sconces crafted from luxe materials like brushed brass. They perfectly fit in with the apartment’s 1930’s art deco mood.
The firm’s fixtures were so popular with guests that the duo partnered with Melissa Regan to produce a collection of lighting which would be available to consumers as retail products. This collection was exhibited in Regan’s Marais-based MR 80 Gallery during Paris Design Week.
You can shop the collection at melissareganeditions.com Prices range from about $530 to $1,400.