Jean-Michel Othoniel lives and works in Paris. Othoniel views each sculpture as a new challenge; an invitation to further explore the possibilities offered by matter and shape. With this commission, he saw a unique chance to echo the spirit of Chanel on a monumental scale and in an architectural way. Inspired by the strands of pearls Coco Chanel made so famous, Othoniel chose to interlace glass beads in shades of grey, black and silver, to create his largest hanging necklace sculpture to date. Seen partly from the ground floor, Collier Cascade surprises the visitor with its grand scale, vertiginously rising 11 meters to the full height of the stairwell. Collier Cascade seems to be moved by a perpetual, but unseen flow, frozen in the memory of a movement. Playing with reflection and sinuous curves, the necklace binds and unbinds itself in a complex landscape, infinitely multiplied by the mirrored base on which it seems to be floating. Othoniel's designs are in Chanel boutiques worldwide including Shenyang, China, the Chanel Ginza Tower in Tokyo, the Prince's Building in Hong Kong, the Peninsula Hotel in Shanghai, the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing, in Beverly Hills and on Avenue Montaigne in Paris.

New Bond Street Boutique
158-159 New Bond Street
W1S 2UB London

Photo by Olivier Saillant