Coco Chanel's Opulent Paris Apartment Tells the Story of Her Life

Updated 09/23/16
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Coco Chanel was and is the physical embodiment of all things class, and her Parisian apartment is no exception. Still immaculately preserved, the space is as much a historic relic as it is a modern walk through Coco Chanel's creative process.

The iconic residence at 31 Rue Cambon is much more than an exquisitely designed layout perched atop the flagship Chanel store—it's a mental and physical journey through Coco Chanel's psyche, a highly personal sanctuary in which all of her many influences freely converge.

From the custom-designed suede couches to the many ornate gold accent pieces peppered throughout, the opulent apartment is signature Chanel. As any fan of her designs can attest, the icon had a flair for the luxurious—something her apartment proudly reflects. Thanks to The Coveteur's Jake Rosenberg and Meagan Wilson, you can now tour the space yourself.

Step inside the hallowed halls of Coco Chanel's legendary apartment below.

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This is the iconic staircase where Gabrielle Chanel would sit and watch the fashion shows unfold. According to The Coveteur's Meagan Wilson, she liked to sit by the mirrors, where she could see the reactions of the reporters, clients, and fashion elite, but they couldn't see her.

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A view of the staircase from the top.

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Chanel reportedly believed in the healing power of crystal and seamlessly integrated it into her space.

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As a proud Leo, Coco Chanel adorned her dining room table with gold lions—the zodiac sign's symbol.

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Chanel designed this suede couch—a stark departure from the silk and velvet normally used during that time period—herself.

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Her living room reportedly hosted many iconic guests including Elizabeth Taylor and Pablo Picasso.

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This is the iconic white chair where Chanel was photographed sitting many times over.

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The chandelier above was custom-made, as requested by Chanel herself.

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Wheat, which symbolizes prosperity, was a fixture in Chanel's apartment. Taking note of this, Karl Lagerfeld weaved wheat imagery into his spring/summer 2010 collection.

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The outside of Coco Chanel's apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris.
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