Karl Lagerfeld’s Miami Design Project Will Soon Be a Reality



A Late Fashion Icon Makes an Entrance

Renderings are now available of the Karl Lagerfeld–designed lobbies at The Estates at Acqualina, a $1.8 billion residential development under construction along Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach.

The late fashion icon designed the entry areas for both of the Estates’ towers, combining classic European elegance and contemporary South Beach style. In the South Tower, photos of Roman fountains and arches—taken by Lagerfeld himself—complement a working fountain to evoke a traditional Italian piazza.

The bold color palette, meanwhile—cerulean, pale pink, silver, and white—is a nod to the Miami locale, with floors made of hammered metal inlaid with mosaic tile.

Prior to his death, Lagerfeld said he sees the lobbies, his only residential design project in the U.S. (which was arranged by the consultancy Leitzes & Co.), as both “the first impression of a building and a common living room for socializing. I take great pride in knowing that the spaces I create will be such important spaces in the building.”

Johannesburg-born developer Jules Trump (no relation to the former president) praised Lagerfield’s impressive attention to detail. “The walkway is done in a mosaic made to resemble a Moroccan rug. And it’s even got the faded parts, like an old [woven] rug,” he told Departures. “One day, [Karl] shows up at a meeting and he brings a mug, light turquoise in color, and says, ‘This is the exact color I want for the tile.’”

The Estate at Acqualina’s South Tower is slated to open in August, with the Boutique North Tower following in 2022. Pricing ranges from $4.6 million to $32 million.

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