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Chanel is trading in its perfect No. 5 address next month in exchange for swanky new digs across the street at 6 Newbury. Construction crews have been hammering away at the six-story building, which contains a two-level flagship below super luxe condos above, with the plan to open on December 3. The development was designed by architect and Chanel collaborator Peter Marino, pulling inspiration from Mademoiselle Chanel's rue Cambon apartment in Paris. Large windows allow onlookers to peer into 10,000 square feet of ready-to-wear, 2.55 purses, ceramic watches, nail polishes, and ballet flats.
The French limestone facade encases the space, with various rooms housing different product categories. A Goossens chandelier greets shoppers, with soft gray wave stone floors and woven golden fabric walls throughout. Exotic accessories are showcased in a first floor salon, with two more salons on the second level featuring ready-to-wear (one of which includes a stone fireplace to cozy up by). Sculptural artwork adorns the store, from artists Antoine Poncet, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Nancy Lorenz, Lisa Lou, a camellia from Donald Baechler, and a crystal-covered deer by Mark Swanson. Curbed Boston has been tracking the building's progress, so until its doors welcome customers in December, take a peek at how far the development has come.
· Chanel [Official Site]