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Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris apartment sold for €10m 

Arushi Sakhuja

Karl Lagerfeld was a legend in the world of fashion and is known for his exemplary contributions to brands like Chanel and his label Karl Lagerfeld. German-born Lagerfeld had a profound impact on the fashion world and lived there for about 10 years until his death aged 85 in February 2019 and was also famous for his luxurious homes. The designer lived in a futuristic apartment in Paris for most of his lifespan, and it has finally been sold for a whopping €10 Million by real estate broker Groupe Althémis. And quite frankly, we aren’t surprised at the hefty price tag.

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Located in a 17th-century building on Quai Voltaire,  Karl Lagerfeld’s three-room home has a view overlooking the Seine River and the Louvre museum. Spanning 260 sqm, it has a large dressing room which is spread across 50 sqm, as might be expected in the residence of one of fashion’s most famous names. What’s more, the designer gave the dressing room a futuristic upgrade with a concrete floor and sections of sandblasted glass. Exclusive and futuristic, the house was remodelled by the designer himself, who decided to add very distinctive elements. In 2012, seven years before his death, he had said in an interview that it took two years to transform the 2,800-square-foot aerie into a unique avant-garde spread and the space would be like floating in your own spaceship over a very civilized past.

Although it is housed in a building dating from the 17th century, the apartment stands out for its ultra-modern design. The listing described the apartment’s avant-garde style and clean and organic lines, and accompanying photos show spacious, brightly lit rooms with polished grey floors. While it appears minimal without Karl Lagerfeld’s artifacts, the apartment was well-illuminated.

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According to recent photographs, the apartment retains its lustre with floors coated in a blend of polished cement and silicone resin, a choice made by the Chanel director to replace the original parquet wood flooring. Natural light floods the space through multiple windows, reflecting off the smooth surfaces and the frosted-white glass panels that form the wall-to-wall shelves and partitions. During Lagerfeld’s time in the residence, the modern elements contributed to an atmosphere reminiscent of space-age aesthetics in the exceptionally long living area, which combined eight rooms. Other features included a kitchen made entirely out of stainless steel and glass bookcases. According to reports, the designer prohibited cooking in the apartment and instead dined in a nearby property to maintain the space’s odour.

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His office and library is now open to the public as a bookshop and event space in the Latin Quarter of Paris A series about his life, Becoming Karl Lagerfeld is due for release on Disney + in June. Additionally, a book featuring rarely seen images of 13 of Lagerfeld’s properties in Europe — spanning Paris, Monte Carlo, Rome, Hamburg and more — is to be released and reveals a lesser-known side to the designer and provides insight into his sense of style when it came to interior design.

Arushi Sakhuja

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