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Karl Lagerfeld Has Left The Scene

(4 min read) We’ve all witnessed several high fashion brands entering the ever-evolving interior design industry in the past couple of years. To tell you the truth, I always felt like most of them were successful in the interior design field simply because they were well-known high-fashion brands. Let’s all remember those Gucci décor atrocities from back in the day…Actually, let’s not. Let’s think about Fendi’s interior design moments, because those are actually pleasant to think about. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that a lot of established brands dabbled in interior design, but my most favorite by far, was Karl Lagerfeld.

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Karl Lagerfeld left a great and distinctive mark in the interior design field. His collaboration with Capital Developments and Freed Developments birthed a completely new approach to sleek and minimal spaces. Lagerfeld designed two marvelous lobbies in the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos in Toronto. The lobbies feature lot of glass, silver, grey and white colors, mirrors and…no carpet. Lagerfeld opted for some gorgeous mosaic floors instead of going with carpets or luxury hardwood, and needless to say, the effect is otherworldly. However, what really makes the space stand out are books. They added the needed warmth to the space and created a meaningful contrast, which ultimately made them a valuable fashion statement.

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Gorgeous mosaic carpet at the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos
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Books were used as a statement

Just last year, this great man whose sunglasses game was always on fleek, created an amazing line of breath-taking marble furniture. All of the pieces were made from Black Nero Marquina and Arabescato Fantastico, two of the rarest marbles in the world (eat that Gucci). Lagerfeld wasn’t vain enough to think that he could do it all by himself, like so many before him. He teamed up with architect and interior designer Aline Asmar d’amman. Amman is well known in the design community, as she stands behind the design studio Culture in Architecture, so it is no surprise that Lagerfeld opted to work with her. Lagerfeld was deeply inspired by the ancient Greek architecture and the clean and perfect ratio. The furnishing line includes fountains, lamps, mirrors and more, and with all of these pieces Lagerfeld managed to celebrate the mix of classic and contemporary.

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However, the reason why I love Karl Lagerfeld so much isn’t only his sense of timeless fashion, or charisma, or strong gloves and sunglasses game. All of the said things were undoubtedly Lagerfeld’s stamp that differentiated him from the rest of us mere mortals, but what made him huge in my eyes were his books. Carl Lagerfeld’s books were an integral part of both his persona and his interior design. He owned approximately 300,000 books that were shared between several of his homes. His books were stacked horizontally instead of vertically, adorning the walls of his respective homes. His collection includes books in English, French and German. Lagerfeld’s favorite writers were Nietzsche, Homer, Didion and Borges. He will also be remembered by stating that Spinoza was “the person who wrote the phrase that I live by: “Any decision is a refusal.

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In case you haven’t figured out the moral of this story, I will tell you and you can spread the word. Anything you are truly passionate about can be your interior design solution. Who cares what people think? It’s your living space, and you should make it count. Blindly following trends won’t make you happy, but adding a personal touch to your space might.

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  1. Stacie
    March 20, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    These spaces are amazing. He has a fantastic eye and feel.

  2. Cristina Petrini
    March 20, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Karl is gone, but not everything he left us in style and teachings. The class is eternal.

    • March 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Very well said Cristina, can’t agree more.

  3. shelby
    March 20, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know that he designed furniture as well. A lot of people have been talking about his death.

  4. Elizabeth Weitz
    March 20, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Wow! I’ve always been drawn towards gorgeous libraries! What beautiful design all through out these images!

  5. Maggie
    March 20, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Karl Lagerfeld sounds an amazing person. And he got great works! Thank you for sharing this

  6. Whitney Morrow
    March 20, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    yes. PREACH! Do what you love. It’s your space. I love the photos!

  7. Shubh
    March 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I love interior designing. I agree with you adding own touch to the space is much beautiful than trendy things. I like his idea. By the way, the pics are really nice.

  8. Emmy
    March 20, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Okay, be right back while I switch all my books from vertical to horizontal. I can see why you’re a fan, he is very talented. Love the minimal colors and luxury each room portrayed. Very inspiring.

  9. Heather
    March 20, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    You’re right. But worrying what people think is something we all struggle with.

  10. gerry
    March 21, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Actually, I was amazed. I didn’t know anything about interior design and not to talk of even knowing a name that is related to it. Those pictures were amazing. I wish a house could be that cleans with kids… lol.

    • March 21, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Karl Lagerfeld was a huge fashion icon but also dabbed in interior design. A house with kids clean, forget about it lol!

  11. The Frugal Samurai
    March 21, 2019 at 8:08 am

    You know, MrsFrugalSamurai is obsessed with Chanel (very expensive habit) and was abit devastated he passed. BUT then again, he lives on through his works and style no?

    • March 21, 2019 at 10:34 am

      lol we need to have a word with Mrs. Frugal, she definitely has taste but she is not on brand when it comes to the Frugal Brand. We’re ready to have this conversation with her, you’re welcome lol.

  12. Cindy Ingalls
    March 21, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Those marble pieces are incredible. So beautiful. They make such a sleek, elegant statement.

  13. Norafiqin
    March 21, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I love looking at interior design because I know I can never recreate anything remotely close to what I see. Karl Lagerfeld sounds like an awesome person who made a difference to that world.

    • March 21, 2019 at 10:37 am

      He was such an icon! He is gonna be missed for sure but his brand lives on.

  14. Yeah Lifestyle
    March 21, 2019 at 9:34 am

    That marble furniture is absolutely beautiful. Karl had a great style and I love that he had so many books spread across his homes!

  15. Sarah Meh
    March 21, 2019 at 9:48 am

    He was a creative person and his work was amazing. His death is a great loss.

  16. Joanna
    March 21, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I don’t really follow fashion so I had no idea that he did interior design as well. The marble collection is so pretty! And I love how he used books as statements.

  17. Sarah Bailey
    March 21, 2019 at 10:53 am

    This is a great memorial piece to an amazing designer who was so good at putting so many different things together and coming up with something completely unique.

    • March 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah for your feedback.

  18. Romy Schorr
    March 21, 2019 at 10:54 am

    He had a great talent and eye. These are great designs and his vision and inspiration will live on.

  19. Michael
    March 21, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Your conclusion was great. What matters most is your self verdict.

    • March 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      yep 100% Trends mean nothing if they resonate with you.

  20. Kalyan Panja
    March 21, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Thanks for sharing about this man and his designs. It looks awesome.

  21. Erin
    March 21, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    So interesting! I never knew Lagerfeld had such an obsession with books, or that he stacks them horizontally.

    • March 21, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Me neither till i started reading more about him, he is awesome!

  22. Monidipa Dutta
    March 21, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    I have never heard of Karl Lagerfeld but he really sounds like a great person, and his works are truly good.

    • March 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      I am so happy I introduced you to such a design icon. You maybe don’t know the name but he was the creative director behind Chanel and also worked on Fendi and other fashion brands.

  23. Amber Myers
    March 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I love this furniture. It’s so pretty! And yes, I agree, be who you are, buy what YOU like. I never care when people tell me something is out of style. If I like it, that’s all that matters!

  24. christina
    March 21, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    These designs are great. Makes me wish I had a house to decorate. High fashion meets home…

  25. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    March 21, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Karl was a legend, his work was amazing. I am loving all these interior designs. It’s all so pretty.

  26. Elaine
    March 21, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I had no idea he was such a book lover! His collection is definitely drool worthy!

  27. Rhonda Albom
    March 21, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Wow, these designs are gorgeous. I’m such a fan of the new modern, sleek look. My whole house is filled with similar furniture.

  28. huda
    March 21, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    wow everything is so beautiful and modern! i was mesmerized 🙂

  29. Catherine Santiago Jose
    March 21, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    This is my kind of article that I’ve wanted to read when it comes to architecture and interior design. I love every interior view you’ve featured here, all look elegant and fascinating with a good twist.

  30. Christa
    March 21, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Lagerfeld was a complicated, brilliant man. Although some of his views were problematic, I absolutely love his sense of style and what he contributed to the fashion and design world.

  31. Danielle Wolter
    March 21, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    what beautiful spaces. so much beauty I’m in awe of how someone can make something like that.

  32. Annie Cho
    March 21, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I had no idea Lagerfeld was also doing interior design. He is so multi-talented, and has the most refined taste!

  33. Sara Welch
    March 21, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I love his use of books as a statement in his home. They add dimension and pops of color in an instant!

  34. Beth Pierce
    March 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    You are right; his sunglass and glove game is strong! I love your message about using your passion as decor; we do the same in our home!

  35. Catherine Santiago Jose
    March 21, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Wow, every designs that she made are really beautiful and elegant. He sounds not only a great designers but also a great man.

  36. Alexandra Cook
    March 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I didn’t know Karl until I read this. Looks like he is an amazing and a talented person. Love those designs.

  37. Kelsey
    March 21, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Very interesting read! I love that you have such a passion for design and have that artistic eye!

  38. Krysten Quiles
    March 22, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Wow these spaces are absolutely amazing. They not over the top but so very well done. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Brianne
    March 22, 2019 at 7:39 am

    He was THE standard for interior design. A true icon in the business who will be missed.

  40. Sincerely Snide
    March 22, 2019 at 9:46 am

    All the designs are beautiful, I have not heard of Karl Lagerfeld before today so thanks for sharing his work with us.

  41. Gaica
    March 22, 2019 at 10:04 am

    What a great interior designer he was. His creations are truly amazing,

  42. Catherine
    March 22, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I loved the metaphor. Karl Lagerfeld was one of a kind and truly a genius…loved this piece.

  43. Marysa
    March 22, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I was never very familiar with Karl Lagerfeld, but he had a huge impact on the design community. It’s interesting to hear about his work.

  44. Jacque Hooper
    March 22, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve seen people decorate with books before; I think it’s a unique look and shows a lot about someone’s personality. Very cool!

  45. Aishwarya Shenolikar
    March 22, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    The work of Karl Lagerfeld is so incredibly articulate and beautiful. I am not much into interior design, but this you can call art!

  46. Sophia
    March 22, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    A true talent shines through in these images. Quite amazing really.

  47. What Corinne Did
    March 22, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    I am familiar with Lagerfeld’s fashion work, not so much his interior design work. but it is so good to know and so interesting!

  48. Waren Jean Go
    March 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I bought a Karl Lagerfeld bag a year ago since I want to have Karl’s design since I still can’t afford a chanel. It was the best purchase I did!

  49. Brittany Charnley
    March 22, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Whoah these spaces are so well designed and look awesome. I also really like this font for comments! haha what is it???

  50. Mary Traveler
    March 22, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Those books are too many! wow, he is truly one of a kind! a mere mortal but very extraordinary!

  51. Lydia Smith
    March 22, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    This designs are life and yes Karl is a fashion Mogul.

  52. Clare Minall
    March 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Karl is really a great designer. I adore him so much and his talent was very inspiring.

  53. Shannon Gurnee
    March 23, 2019 at 12:26 am

    This is such an interesting article! I love the way he designed the rooms.

  54. Natural Beauty
    March 23, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Interesting post! I agree, adding a personal touch to the interior design is always a great idea especially when its your space! Loved those designs.

  55. Casey
    March 23, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Shame… anyone genius has left this world. I’ always a big fan of his art, fashion, in fact, anything he comes out with. KARL LAGERFELD is truly a legend of this era. Hard to find another one like him again. RIP.

  56. Surekha Busa
    March 23, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Oh he was such a great man! He has created so many great furniture, I love his interior designs..

  57. Surekha Busa
    March 23, 2019 at 8:33 am

    He was a great man, I love the design of the library. It looks so organized.

  58. Pinoyfreelancingmom
    March 23, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I agree. One should be able to have a say in their personal space. After all, that’s why it’s called personal.

  59. Ana
    March 23, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with you related to personal style! One shouldn’t follow the trend when it comes to decor but try to create your personal space with your unique style!

  60. Jennifer Tanney
    March 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Wow that’s a lot of books. I think it’s a better way to shelf then. You can actually read the title instead of having to turn your head. It makes perfect sense.

  61. Ogenevwaire Ogaga
    March 24, 2019 at 5:20 am

    His brand lives on he will be missed

  62. Hannah Marie
    March 24, 2019 at 7:18 am

    The designs are absolutely amazing. He really has a great talent. How I wish I can afford to right him a cheque for a project

  63. Laura Dove
    March 24, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Oh wow these are all amazing! He really is so talented, I am so jealous of anyone with this level of talent!

  64. Alina
    March 24, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Absolutely breath-taking, stylish designs … until now I only connected the name of Karl Lagerfeld with the fashion world, but there is so much more to his talent.

  65. Swathi
    March 25, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Karl is gone he is amazing talented designer leaves behind his awesome creations.

  66. Candy Rachelle
    March 25, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Karl Lagerfeld is really an awesome man. He is so talented and generous. I love everything on his design.

  67. Lisa Rios
    March 25, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I love the simplicity and elegance behind all of these. Especially the living room with the half circle couches.

  68. Karen Monica
    March 27, 2019 at 3:09 am

    I have always been attracted to beautiful interior designs. Karl is a very talented person. Love all his designs.

  69. eli
    March 28, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Whoa I did not really know that much about Karl Lagerfeld but I have heard of the prestige of his brand. Those photos of his books are jaw dropping.

  70. Kara
    March 28, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I had no idea he did interiors as well, such beautiful designs

  71. David Elliott
    April 14, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    His designs seem very simple and elegant. But If I were to be jealous of anything I would have to say I am jealous of all those great books he has. Amazing collection.