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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 09 October, 2017

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Laurent Seigle-Dias and his Chanel Dollhouse

The House of Chanel

Laurent Seigle-Dias turned a fascination with the high-fashion world of Paris into a career as an artist. He worked for many of the major fashion houses including Guerlain, Van Clef & Arpel and Chanel. His favorite designer seems to have been Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. So much so, he is recreating the 4 story Empire building at 31 Rue Cambon in 1:12 scale.

The Floor Plans

The layout of the original and the miniature have a boutique on the ground floor. Haute couture is on the first floor, where models show collections to prospective customers. The second floor is Chanel’s apartment, which was also her office and work area, left just as it was when the designer died in 1971. Today, it is used for photo shoots and media interviews. The third floor of the building is leased to the designer Karl Lagerfeld.

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Laurent Seigle-Dias touching-up the Chanel Boutique entrance found on Picssr photo spread

The Exterior

An Empire style building is influenced by classicism, characterized by purity of line, rigorous proportions, symmetry and horizontal divisions. In other words, other than the sidewalk entrance to the boutique, the exterior is rather plain. This seems strange in a city where style and design had been adventuresome in all previous eras. The explanation is King Louis XVI demanded no building be built that was more stylish than his own. That didn’t leave much creative freedom for the original architect, or for Laurent Seigle-Dias. His attention to detail has allowed Laurent to achieve one of his goals with the exterior: to evoke the sense of glamor he feels for the building. That demand for excellence comes at a cost. The miniature you see in this picture is Laurent’s fourth attempt.

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Channel’s Art Deco spiral staircase

The Interior

Coco Chanel used up all available imagination on the interiors. As Laurent began working, one of his first challenges would be the Art Deco mirrored spiral staircase. Chanel designed it see almost everything going on in the building from several vantage points. I can’t wait to see what Laurent does with this remarkable element in 1:12 scale.

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Coco Chanel in her Baroque drawing room

There will be an opportunity for creative freedom when Laurent gets to Chanel’s second floor apartment, decorated in the Baroque style. It looks over-the-top in this black and white photograph. Laurent says the best he can hope to do is capture the spirit of Chanel.

Introduction To A Dollhouse

Early in his career as an artist, a large dollhouse was exhibited at Disney Land Paris, where he was working. He was intrigued and bought a Beacon Hill miniature mansion kit. When completed, a well-known Parisian patron of miniature arts asked that he show it at one of her Salons. This led to Laurent’s launching a career in dollhouse miniatures. His order book proves it was the right choice.

Click here for a wonderful Dollhouse Miniatures article on the Chanel Dollhouse.

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens

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