Karl Lagerfeld is often regarded as the most influential and recognizable fashion designers of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the creative director at Chanel passed away on the 19th of February 2019, he was 85. Karl Lagerfeld is well known for his work in fashion. However, he wasn’t just a fashion designer, he was also an admirer of all design. From his large collection of Memphis Milano pieces to his Monaco mansion, Karl was a man with a taste for beautiful design. One of this icon’s most forgotten or ignored works, in my opinion, is his Parisian home. Take a look.
Karl Lagerfeld has owned numerous properties over the years: In the 1970s, Karl first owned an apartment on rue de l’Université in Paris which was decorated in the Art Deco style. He then went on to live in the 18th-century Chateau de Penhoët in Brittany, this time decorated in the Rococo style. On the year 2000, the fashion designer purchased an apartment in Monte Carlo that was entirely decorated with Memphis Milano furniture and pieces. During that same time period, he bought the Villa Jako in Blankenese in Hamburg, which was decorated in the Art Deco style.
The fashion designer then purchased Villa La Vigie in Monaco, a 17th-century mansion in the center of Paris, and an apartment in Manhattan he never moved into or decorated. Finally, Karl Lagerfeld owned a modern summer villa El Horria in Biarritz and a house dating from the 1840s in Vermont. However, from 2007until his death, Lagerfeld lived in a 1820s house in Paris on the Quai Voltaire decorated in modern and Art Deco style.
The house is Impressively neutral in tones and shows absolutely no color. The materials are cold and industrial: Glass, metal, and concrete.
“I wanted an apartment with glass and transparency everywhere… And there is no color here, because I am constantly surrounded by color. I prefer to live in a neutral environment.” – Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld’s house, however, is known for its library which comes as an explosion of color in contrast to the monotone space Lagerfeld created. His apartment is mostly furnished with the designs of Corian Martin Szekely, Marc du Plantier, Jean-Marie Massaud and Barber Osgerby.
The kitchen is made solely of stainless steel and the refrigerator is said to only contain Coca-Cola light. The two storage cylinders purchased from Colette contain table linen and household products.
Lagerfeld said in a letter that he approaches decorating his home the same way he dresses himself and his Chanel customers. “We are at the heart of a Russian doll: first the clothes, then the apartments and houses,” he writes. “Even the streets and the cities are part of the evolution of our preferences and our taste.”