Karl Lagerfeld’s former luxury Monaco mansion opened its doors to the public this past weekend. The three-story villa with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean sits on a cliff top above Monte-Carlo beach club.
Karl Lagerfeld bought the villa in 1986 and renovate it. He bought the villa together with the furniture from Prince Rainier and the Société des Bains de Mer for $14 million. Karl owned the mansion for a decade during the Eighties and Nineties. Back in the eighties for an interview for the fashion magazine W Karl said:
“It’s the safest place in the world. It’s impossible to get near the place. No public road passes by and you have to go through two gates to get inside. It doesn’t even have an address, so no one can write to me here.”
Karl Lagerfeld made some major changes to his mansion. He transformed the trio of sitting rooms on the first floor into a party room with a ballroom and a billiards room. He used his ballroom on the first floor as a photo studio as well. The top floor was Karl’s personal space that included a bedroom with a private balcony and a canopied Marie Antoinette bed. On the second floor, there were two bathrooms. One of his bathrooms was with a Mediterranean view and was created for a morning and day use. The second one offered a view of Monte Carlo by night.
The mansion was built in 1902 for Sir William Ingram, a British publishing magnate. The breathtaking property is named “La Vigie” and the name means “the lookout tower”. During World War II the villa was occupied by German troops.
Lately, the villa was used as a hotel and during the weekends was hosting the new design fair Nomad which is a showcase and salesroom for collectible design. The event will be happening every year at a different location. So far, some of the world’s most respected galleries displayed pieces by popular artists, designers, and architects. Massimo De Carlo, Nilufar, and David Gill Galleries are just a few of the many well-known galleries that took place at the design fair. Designs by Campana Brothers and Zaha Hadid were among the ones that got most of the attention.
Considering the privacy that this villa offers, the decision to open the villa to the public was a huge surprise.