Chanel's front-row habitués at the Métiers d'art Paris Hamburg 2017/18 show recall their own memories of Hamburg, reveal their connection to the port city, and poeticise Karl Lagerfeld's homecoming opus at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall.
“Hamburg is polite, open-hearted, multi-cultural … with an edge of seediness. These are all terms not necessarily used in generalisations about Germany but Hamburg wears them lightly and with salty elegance.
Making one’s way into the Elphi is a psychedelic and somewhat disorienting experience, like traveling into the womb of a gigantic robot. The architectural journey through the curved corridors and angular stairwells puts you into a very fresh and open state of mind, ready for the sonic treats that await you once you arrive in the extraordinary inner sanctum that is the concert hall. I was moved from the very beginning of the presentation and wanted it to go on and on … it seems that the acoustics of the Elbphilarmonie mean that you could experience the music in your body as much as in your ears.
As a painter, I was particularly drawn to the colourful grid patterns that were inspired by the stacks of shipping containers in the port.”