This article was first written on March 8, 2021, and updated on November 29, 2021.
Sotheby’s is auctioning off the personal furniture collection of late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. The auction, which will be held over two weeks in December 2021, will feature contents from Lagerfeld’s eight residences in Monaco and Paris. The executor for the designer’s estate had missioned the auction house to value and sell items from Lagerfeld's residences two years after his passing.
“The auction will pay tribute to this unique and exceptionally creative designer, a major figure in the worlds of fashion and art,” says Pierre Mothes, vice president of Sotheby’s France.
Paris-based design duo Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet of interior architecture firm Humbert & Poyet were brought in to design the scenography of the auction in Paris and Monaco. The designers chose to create a labyrinth-inspired setting, which introduces the mesmerising interplay of shadows and light.
Black and white contrasts throughout the space hark back to Lagerfeld's signature aesthetic. Transparent materials and reflective surfaces such as the mirrored ceilings create a stunning stage for Lagerfeld's items, whilst referencing the duo's signature theatrical style.