Eye For Design

Lenora Jane Estes
WSJ Magazine

After the launch of his hospitality brand earlier this fall, Karl Lagerfeld—the creative director of Fendi and Chanel—is now revealing the plans for his first U.S.-based interior design project: the Estates at Acqualina, a residential development in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach, which will feature two Lagerfeld-designed lobbies. “I made enough houses for myself that it is now time for me to do places for other people,” says Lagerfeld, 83, who has renovated and designed about 20 homes over the past half century.
The Miami lobbies’ standout features include hammered metal floors, water fountains, ocean-blue mosaic rugs inspired by the project’s beachfront setting and Lagerfeld’s photographs of ancient Roman fountains etched onto the skylights and 10-foot-tall panels of glass. “He pulled everything together in a very contemporary way but with a tremendous amount of history in it,” says Estates at Acqualina owner and developer Jules Trump, who partnered with New York–based creative agency Leitzes & Co. on the project. The 5.6-acre development is slated to be completed by 2020.

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