Karl Lagerfeld has been criticised for many things — except perhaps for having an exceptional eye for great taste. The fashion designer who passed away on 19th February 2019 did not only leave behind a fashion legacy but also his pet cat Choupette and beautiful properties around the world.
One such is the stunning neo-Classical Villa Jako in Hamburg. Lagerfeld bought the villa in 1991, naming it after his longtime partner of 18 years, Jacques de Bascher who died in 1989. The legendary designer may have owned homes in New York, Monte Carlo and Monaco, but Villa Jako held special significance. The house was featured in the advertising campaign for Lagerfeld Jako fragrance and was chronicled in his book, Ein Deutsches Haus (A German House).
The three-acre estate situated in the suburb of Blankenese was home to Lagerfeld from 1991 to 1998. When he first purchased it, he enlisted art conservator Renate Kant to restore the mansion, and collaborated with French designer Andrée Putman on the interiors.
Symmetry is the theme in Villa Jako. As visitors enter the premise, they walk into the vestibule that leads straight into the central atrium with a sunken water feature. The atrium opens up to the kitchen on the west and a Chinese salon on the east.
Straight ahead is the living chamber that spans the breadth of the house. The mood of the house changes from bright and airy (thanks to the glass dome crowning the atrium) to rich and opulent with coffered ceilings covered in gold leaf. Ornate brocade fabrics and lush patterned rugs are employed to offset the stark mason exterior.
Villa Jako is now on the market for 10 million Euros.
(Photography: Herbert Ohge/Engel & Völkers)