A universe where everything is calm and voluptuous! This could be a description of Charlotte Chesnais‘ new Left Bank boutique. A place that magnifies her creations, designed to fit the body. This young designer is inspired by movement to imagine timeless, ingenious, and racy pieces. Making her debut at Balenciaga alongside Nicolas Ghesquière, with whom she conceived a stackable bracelet, she flirts between jewelry and sculpture, sometimes between pure forms and interactions with the body. In 2015, she launched her eponymous brand, transcending the spirit of jewelry, rethinking the classics.
After her first boutique on Rue d’Alger, Charlotte Chesnais turned to the Parisian Left Bank, continuing her love affair with the French capital. On Boulevard Saint-Germain, a few steps away from the Café de Flore, the new address resembles a cathedral, playing with the gigantic to provide a spectacular setting for silver and vermeil creations.
“I discovered Paris via the Left Bank. I traveled it a lot as a child, and I lived there later. It is a place on which I projected all my fantasies of a very elegant and somewhat clichéd Parisian microcosm. Installing my second boutique there is an accomplishment I’m proud of,” explains Charlotte Chesnais.
The Dutch architect, Anne Hotrop, having designed her first store in the 1st arrondissement, returns with recycled acrylic, creating together a place that plays with different forms, materials, but especially the light. Between verticality and intimacy, the massive and translucent monolithic element, which resembles a frozen waterfall, becomes a natural and contemporary relief, serving as a case for jewelry suspended in time, like a new spatial experience.
The mirrors, designed by Jenny Nordberg, warm the atmosphere, dress the sandy walls, and lead to a sculptural staircase from which access to an intimate space is gradually revealed. The room, with its deep jade-green lacquered walls, highlights the jewelry collection imagined by Charlotte Chesnais, who welcomes her guests in a cozy space inspired by the seventies, an era that is dear to her, which is reflected in her collections.
169 Boulevard Saint Germain