The Taste of Karl Lagerfeld
from "Kaiser Karl" to "Kawaï Karl"
Karl Lagerfeld's story and decoration could start like that of Karen Blixen,
“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills” ... just replace "ferme" by "mansion",
"Ngong Hills" by "Paris, Biarritz, Berlin, Monaco, Rome, New-York ..., and its dear country, Hamburg" .
The star couturier has decorated no less than thirty homes that he has more or less inhabited ...
Bulimic, addictive at work, he juggled good and bad taste, allowing himself all the freedoms.
We invite you to take a tour of the owner who preferred to define himself as a
catalyst of styles rather than designer.
The library, rue de Lille, Paris
"Each of Karl's apartments is a perfect and closed universe, but sincere,
He goes to the end of an obsession for each place: and then he gets rid of the stuff ."
“Each of Karl's apartments is a perfect and closed universe, but a sincere one,”
He goes to the end of an obsession for each place: and then he gets rid of stuff.”
Paris, Place Saint Sulpice, The art deco apartment, in the 70s
Glamorous furniture from the 20s and 30s, Jean Dunand vases, Eugène Printz tables, Eileen Gray screen, armchairs and shell sofa in ivory silk and gold lacquer come from a house decorated by Elsie de Wolfe, in the 1930s, Edgar Brandt floor lamp, Roux-Spitz daybed.
Associated black or dark brown floors the "off white" so called "crème de Cantal" walls highlight the furniture "like a case for a Cartier jewel" said the master of the house. The furniture as a whole was sold at Sotheby's in 2003,
Monte Carlo, penthouse, Memphis period, early 80s
"Like a palace for children" chair "Oberoi" Masanori Umeda, Party Ring "Tawaraya" Shelf Ettore Sottsass, “Suvretta” Ettore Sottsass, “Treetops”
the Memphis furniture of the penthouse was sold at Sotheby's Monaco in 1991
51 Rue de l'Université, Paris, The "Versailles XVIII" period of KL, 10,753m2 on the 1st floor of the Mansion Pozzo di Borgio.
Around 400 lots were sold in 2000, including the famous armchair to Queen Louis XV.
The Bedroom, a Polish bed and a "total damask" atmosphere.
Monaco, "La Vigie" gift or concession du Prince Rainier in 1986 subject to restorations. Karl Lagerfeld transformed the mansion's three lounges into a ballroom and billiard room spending around $ 14 million
90s "scrap" period furniture Philippe Stark, André dubreuil, Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson ...
the furniture of La Vigie was sold at Sotheby's in December 2000
Hamburg, Villa Jako, in homage to his great love Jacques de Bascher from 1991 to 1998
atmosphere and furnishings in "Weimar chic" style, this exceptional property was created in the early 1920s under the leadership of architect Walther Baedeker
Among the many rooms of the "Villa Jako", there are three bedrooms, an atrium surmounted by a glass dome, an equipped kitchen, a Chinese boudoir-style living room and a bathroom of crazy elegance signed by the designer-star Andrée Putman
Biarritz, ELHORRIA 90s. In the heart of a 19-hectare park, the house offers a breathtaking view of the Pyrenees, the villa Elhorria was built in 1925 on the initiative of Baron de Gunzburg, an influential editor in the world of fashion. (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar).
The "bunker" library in the basement of the Villa.
A palette of chocolate brown and white, Jean-Michel Frank furniture, a Geheimrat Architektur style "a sort of rich, bourgeois and intellectual architectural style" according to him.
New-York, Gramercy park, 2000s emptyness ...
an apartment bought in 2006 was never inhabited by Karl Lagerfeld
sold two years later.
Le Mée-Sur-Seine, near Fontainebleau, near Paris 80s / 90s, Gustav III summer lounge, Christian Bérard mirror; Poillerat Dubreuil ...
an early 1920 atmosphere, Paul Poiret for Atelier Martine, Paul Iribe, Poillerat and Clemens Rameckers and Arnold Van Geuns. The Manor is described as "A fusion of neo-baroque styles", the general impression conveyed by the photographs is that of airy comfort.
The bedroom of the princess and friend Diane de Beauveau-Craon. The mansion will be sold at the end of the 1990s to Caroline of Monaco.
Paris, quai Voltaire, the spacecraft. 2000 / 2019. Karl Lagerfeld is reflected in the frosted glass panels. Marc Newson chair, stools Galerie Kreo, long free-form Chester leather sofa chair by Amanda Levete for Established & Sons. Martin Szekely metal chest of drawers.
The bookcases in the main room, glass panels open.
The concrete and silicone floor is gray, like the ceiling. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec structure
Manoir de Louveciennes near Marly, Pavillon de Voisins, 2010 back to the first loves of the 1920s caryatids mounted as lamps in the taste of the antique, Armand Albert Rateau chandelier, Louis Süe and André Mare carpet, bust of Dionysos, Naples, d 'after the ancient
The master's office welcomes contemporary designers, the Bouroullec brothers or Martin Szekely
The bedroom, the library and the Pleiade.