T+L Reports: Chanel No. 57
Peter Marino, the fashion world's favorite architect, has given a face-lift to the grande dame of couture, the House of Chanel. Inspired by a simple bottle of Chanel No. 5, Marino designed the exterior of the 57th Street store in Manhattan with a 42-foot-tall swathe of glass embedded in the granite façade. The interior is anything but basic. Clear partitions are silk-screened with abstract patterns of Chanel's signature checked tweed; a glazed wall has LED's that move from transparent to opaque; and Marino has installed site-specific artworks by Vik Muniz and Peter Dayton. Next up: a 10-story flagship in Tokyo's Ginza district with an Alain Ducasse restaurant, due in December. Chanel; 15 E. 57th St., New York; 212/355-5050.