Karl Lagerfeld To Design The Lobbies For One Of Miami’s Luxury Beachfront Condos

The Bespectacled One leaves his indelible mark on a new ocean-front resort.

By Archana Aithal Rose October 14, 2016

In the world of fashion and design, no other couturier is as au courant as Karl Lagerfeld. Whether it’s headlining brands like Chanel and Dior or victim-blaming Kim Kardashian for the Paris robbery, Lagerfeld always has his eye on the pulse. So, when he decides to collaborate with a luxury residential development in Miami, you know it’s going to garner some serious attention. Lagerfeld has been roped in to design the grand lobby spaces of The Estates at Aaqualina, a 50-story ultra-luxurious residential complex in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach. This may be Lagerfeld’s first ever partnership with a condominium project in the U.S., but by no means his first segway into interior design.

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His U.S. collab, The Estates at Acqualina is a part of the award-winning Acqualina Resort & Spa and The Mansions at Acqualina crafted by Jules and Eddie of the Trump Group (not related to Donald). The ambitious $1.5 billion project is scheduled to open in 2020, but prospective owners can already get an exclusive preview by visiting its state-of-the-art sales gallery and viewing a detailed miniature model of the entire property.

And if virtual reality is your thing, then you could even step inside a full-scale 4,500 square-foot working model, with its full balcony, outdoor spa, kitchen and fireplace. Jules Trump, developer of The Estates says, “Eddie and I wanted our lobby entrances to be the piece de la resistance.”

And that’s when they brought in Karl Lagerfeld to add some master strokes, “We believe his high-end designs will be greatly valued by our residents, who desire an incomparable level of opulence, luxury, design and style.”

To Lagerfeld, “Not only are the lobbies significant because they offer the first impressions of the building, they’re also places where people will socialize daily, like a common living room.” The designer is taking cues from Florida’s warm weather to create something with a fresh vibe.

Lagerfeld may not have designed the residences’ interiors, but they won’t be short on steam either. The units will come equipped with premium appliances, onyx countertops, soaring ceilings and avant-garde smart-home technologies—all this with spectacular ocean views. Amenities will include 24-hour security, a 24-hour valet and a full-service concierge. The penthouses at Villa Acqualina will flaunt a collection of lifestyle experiences for its well-heeled clients—bowling, movie theatres, the Wall Street Trader’s club, infinity pools, top-tier dining and more. With prices starting at $4-$17 million for two-three bedroom homes to $40 million for the penthouses and the dwindling condo market in Miami, you’d think the sales would move slower, but no such worries for the developers of Acqualina. Jules Trump claims they have already sold close to 100 units. Guess nothing’s too expensivo, when you have Lagerfeld lobbying for you.

Archana Aithal Rose

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Archana Aithal Rose

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Archana Aithal Rose

Archana Aithal Rose’s articles have appeared in The Times of India, CNNGo, Condé Nast Traveler and Vogue, covering such broad range of topics as fashion, art, travel, culture, celebrities, architecture and technology. In addition to writing, Archana's also known for her mad photography and cooking skills.

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