Be Inspired By Karl Lagerfeld’s German Villa – And It’s For Sale! – Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel and Fendi, is selling his three-bedroom villa, lovingly called “Villa Jako”, for 11.65 million dollars. The property, in his native city of Hamburg, is where the designer spent most of his time during the nineties.
The three-bedroom hilltop house was built for a shipping magnate in the 1920’s to resemble a Roman villa, complete with a grand facade and multiple columns. He named it Villa Schüler but, when Lagerfeld acquired the home, one of the first things he did was change its name to Villa Jako, has a tribute to his longtime partner Jacques de Bascher, who died in 1989.
At the same time, he hired renowned art conservator Renate Kant to help him re-style the house. He was so pleased with the results, that he even went on to shoot the advertising campaign for his Jako perfume in the gardens. Chanel’s creative director was so inspired by the villa that he published a book on its interiors and gardens called “Ein Deutsches Haus” (“A German House”).
Nevertheless, Lagerfeld eventually sold the Hamburg property in 1998, but the owner has preserved some of his interior design elements, according to the listing broker, Engel & Völkers.
Features include a grand living room that spans through the entire length of the property, gold leaf-painted ceilings, a library and round-arched glass doorways that open directly onto the garden and terrace, where you can enjoy the view of the River Elbe. The atrium leads to the Chinese salon. Three bedrooms, with adjoining bathrooms and a dressing room, are grouped around an open gallery, which forms the space between the skylight and the atrium.
The main level remains intimate despite being about 127 square metres. Bookshelves are used to transform a hallway into a library space, with velvet drapes adding to the sense of homely feel. Karl Lagerfeld had a bathroom transformed by the renowned French interior designer Andrée Putman. The marble room has soft furnishings which reflect the light for an airy feel.
Marble and modern art create juxtaposed styles throughout the lavish property. When it was first built, the lower ground level was only accessible from the outside, but an inner staircase was added in the late 1990’s allowing direct access from the ground level. The outdoor space is filled with terraces, stone steps leading down from the house to rose, Baroque and Biedermeier gardens, as well as to a grove of elderberry trees, and a water fountain.
Lagerfeld is known for his love of interior design and has worked on multiple lavish homes around the world that he’s owned, including a mansion in Monaco, a chateau in Brittany and a house in Vermont, among many others. Most recently, he has turned his passion into a business, after being hired to design a lobby in the Estates at Acqualina — twin, 50-story luxury residential towers in Miami that come complete with an ice rink and traders’ room where apartments cost between $4 million and $9 million.