Lagerfeld’s Libraries: Horizontal + Vertical Book Stacks

While we were writing about Karl Lagerfeld’s bathroom, we remembered an image of his library that we’d posted years ago. Lagerfeld seriously loves books and has found ways to house LOTS of them. We’re interested in how he arranged them. The interplay of vertical and horizontally stacked books makes for a pleasing graphical look while allowing for economical use of the space (he packs in a lot of books).



It’s an idea we’re going to files as we design our bed/library.

Todd Selby/The Selby

Todd Selby/The Selby

We have a lot of books to fit into a limited space…

4 Responses to Lagerfeld’s Libraries: Horizontal + Vertical Book Stacks

  1. sahana martin 07.04.2014 at 5:09pm #

    He said it’s easier to read the titles that way .
    ( in some interview : )


  2. Sally 07.07.2014 at 10:27am #

    GREAT! Practical logic behind the design. Thank you!

  3. DC 07.07.2014 at 11:45am #

    In my experience, horizontally stacked books are significantly more difficult to remove and re-shelve.

  4. Sally 07.08.2014 at 11:06am #

    I agree IF they’re stacked high.Lagerfeld seems to favor low stacks which makes the books pretty easy to access.

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