“…Chanel’s freshly redesigned flagship store on 57th Street, which opens today. Conceptualized by Peter Marino (who has been collaborating with Chanel for nearly 30 years), the space was originally built in 1996 and now covers 14,000 square feet, making it the largest Chanel boutique in the U.S. The façade got a major facelift, thanks to 16 panels of white striated glass set in a black metal grid—a large-scale abstraction of the house’s signature tweed—and when you step inside, you’re greeted by a 60-foot sculpture of a pearl necklace winding around the central staircase. Crafted in stainless steel and glass beads by the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, it’s one of two major works commissioned by Chanel; …Fifty artisans spent 10,000 hours on the custom interior finishings, including gold leaf and crackled lacquers (which nod to the Coromandel screens in Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment); hand-applied matte wall finishes; handwoven tweed textiles; and hammered brass railings.”
-Vogue, Nov. 2018