Architectural Digest interviewed Karl Lagerfeld about his collaboration with Orrefors. The following is republished from Architectural Digest…
Architectural Digest: Home accessories by Lagerfeld?
Karl Lagerfeld: I wanted to design glasses for my houses, something I had never done. Simple as that. I told Orrefors, “I am only interested in this one thing—are you interested?” They were, and here we are.
AD: Chanel was fine with it?
KL: I can do whatever I want. Exclusivité is very démodé.
AD: You even helped design the packaging.
KL: It was a package deal! No, let’s say “total concept.” Orrefors was extremely pleasant to work with. At many companies there are too many little chefs who make things more difficult.
AD: Did you go to Sweden to work on the collection?
KL: I never go anywhere. I do sketches and make phone calls, and people visit. It’s more fun to come to Paris.
AD: Why the limited palette?
KL: I am a black-and-white person. Some grays, some dirty pinks, not flashy pinks. I have never been obsessed with color, I cannot explain why. I wanted to become an illustrator as a child. Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.
AD: Each glass comes with a matching coaster, which you call a “coupette.”
KL: Glasses ruin the surface of a table. You need a little napkin or a bit of paper, like for beer drinkers. Now we have a glass coaster for the glass. All the pieces are the same size on the bottom, so the coupettes fit everything. I don’t understand why nobody ever thought of it before.
Because Uncle Karl, you are a design genius.