While Karl Lagerfeld was famous for being at the very center of the fashion industry for over half a century, he was equally opinionated when it came to interiors, which acted as a private creative outlet.
Following an introduction by Patrick Mauries, each house is introduced by a short text by Marie Kalt unveiling the history of Lagerfeld’s homes while identifying key designers and pieces. From his elegant art deco–inspired apartment in Saint-Sulpice, Paris, to the incredibly ornate eighteenth-century mansion Hôtel Pozzo di Borgo, Lagerfeld’s houses reveal he was a collector on a Renaissance scale as they showcase his spectacular range. Lagerfeld balanced the old with the new and moved from one atmosphere to the next, leaving a Memphis-designed apartment in Monte Carlo for a grand tour–themed Roman pied-a-terre, followed by bucolic French country houses and even a majestic Nordic villa in his native Hamburg.
Presented in a large, elegant format, Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Houses will be a rich source of inspiration for those interested in interior design and will appeal to fans of the decorative arts and the fashion designer himself.
From Paris to Rome, Hamburg, and beyond, the places Karl Lagerfeld lived were as considered and compelling as the clothes he designed… If you never scored an invitation to dinner, this might just be the next best thing.
— Town & Country
Serves not only as visual proof of his talents across multiple mediums, but also a fascinating glimpse into the interconnectedness of his great creative mind.
The places Karl Lagerfeld lived were as considered and compelling as the clothes he designed. Here, the late fashion impresario's homes are opened (some for the first time) to showcase the imaginative and incredible ways he lived. If you never scored an invitation to dinner, this might just be the next best thing.
— Town & Country
Lagerfeld sustained his need for transformation not just through fashion but with décor… Each of Lagerfeld's properties served as a canvas with which to explore a singular obsession.
— Air Mail
Details the domestic life of the late German fashion designer [and] showcases a series of photos of his eclectic interiors.
Patrick Mauries is a writer and publisher of many notable titles on fashion and design, including Goude: The Chanel Sketchbooks, Fornasetti: Designer of Dreams, and The World According to Karl.
Marie Kalt is the former editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest France. She is the author of The Most Beautiful Rooms in the World and The New Chic: French Style from Today's Leading Interior Designers.