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February 22, 2019

Lagerfeld's Lobby

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Step into Karl Lagerfeld's imagination at the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos.

Image courtesy of kg&a.

 The modern and elegantly proportioned lobbies at the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos showcase the designer’s genius with their bold, monochromatic patterns, and it all started from a simple sketch.

“What I really like is what I’ve never done before,” said Karl Lagerfeld in an interview. “I am always looking for opportunities to expand my range of creative expression, and am excited by the opportunity to design this in Toronto.” 

 “[Lobbies are] almost like public art within a building since the rest of the areas are not available to the public,” Said Jordan Dermer, managing partner of CD Capital, in an interview with Globe and Mail in 2015. “So we thought this would be an incredible way to express aesthetically pleasing public art to both residents within the building and to the public who are visitors.”

Born in Hamberg, Germany and working mostly out of Paris throughout his career, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on brands like Chanel, Fendi, Chloe, and H&M, taking each brand to a new level with designs both controversial and ground-breaking. 

"To design is to breathe, so if I can’t breathe, I’m in trouble” - Karl Lagerfeld 

Everything about the man—from his ability to sustain an incredible amount of workload, his pointed criticisms, to his iconic designs—set Karl Lagerfeld apart from the others in the industry for decades. 

 One of his earliest achievements in fashion was in 1954. At age 21, Lagerfeld had won the Woolmark prize for the best coat category. In 1965, Lagerfeld joined the Italian house Fendi, producing more than 100 collections for it over 54 years.

In 1983, Lagerfeld joined Chanel as a creative director, taking Chanel’s old look and modernizing it with longer, thinner lines with stylish details. In the following year, he created his own fashion house, KARL LAGERFELD while continuing his collaborations with Chanel and Fendi. During his time, his relentless work ethic would allow him to produce around 14 collections a year—a pace that defied the law of industry averages. 

 “I’m a working-class person. . . working with class. I do it for the sake of doing it. I think it’s fun. It’s like I hate war, but I like to be on the battlefield” Lagerfeld told fashion commentator Marina Sturdza in an interview for April 1989 issue of FASHION. 

“I’m inspired by everything. By every single thing. Sometimes the most stupid thing can inspire you to a good idea. I also see what ideas I can make out of a mistake. Sometimes the mistakes give me my best ideas. I have a vision in a flash and I don’t hesitate. I see something, I decide, and I don’t change my mind,” said Lagerfeld. 

 With his passing on February 19th, the fashion world is already buzzing with rumours about the future of brands like Chanel, which is now left without Lagerfeld’s influence. Regardless of who it is that may arise to fill his shoes, it may be best to take inspiration from absolutely everything—just like Lagerfeld did during his life.