Pierre Bergian

Grand Salon of Karl Lagerfeld, 51 Rue de l'Université, Paris


When it came to decorating his residences, haute-couture iconoclast Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019) was known for committing completely to a given style—and then dispensing with it. Following an Art Deco chapter in the 1970s, he threw himself into the decorative period he loved as a boy, 18th century French, and started to collect with the guidance of curator and confidant Patrick Hourcade. The pieces would go on to fill Lagerfeld’s home from the 1980s to the 2000s: the 10,753-square-foot ground floor apartment at the Hôtel Pozzo di Borgo, built in 1707 on Paris’s Left Bank. As Vogue editor André Leon Talley put it at the time, “The entire place (and Lagerfeld's mental condition) might best be described as a Versailles complex.”

In a salon, shown here, gilded wall paneling spans from soaring ceiling to floor, where a Savonnerie carpet overlays parquet de Versailles.

Height: 28 x Width: 32 cm