Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld does things differently than the rest of us—even with something as ordinary as a bookshelf. The creative director of Fendi and Chanel has a massive collection of publications that stack from the floor to the ceiling. Although we've previously seen some impressive solutions for displaying a large library, Lagerfeld manages to be unconventional without overthinking it: he simply stacks the hundreds of books horizontally rather than vertically.
Lagerfeld’s rows and rows of books line the walls of his home, requiring a catwalk to access the upper parts of the stacks. Because of their landscape orientation, he doesn’t have to tilt his head to read the titles, meaning he can breeze towards the book that he really wants.
The horizontal piling looks dramatic, especially paired with the minimalist decor and modern furniture. It does, however, present a logistical issue: if Lagerfeld wants a book on the bottom of the stack, he has to pull it out against the weight of what’s on top. This minor inconvenience, however, seems like a small price to pay for an awe-inspiring arrangement.
Photography by Piotr Stoklosa.