But What Happens To The Books

When I read about the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld the other day, my first thought was “what happens to his books?”. To be honest, I don’t know much about the German tycoon other than the reports from a few years ago that claimed he was a bibliophile and serious book collector. There were numerous web stories that featured the same set of photographs of Lagerfeld in one of his homes with an impressive library. What caught my attention at the time was not the number of books that he owned, but how they were shelved. If you examine the images, you will note that all of the books are shelved horizontally. According to the reports, Lagerfeld did so not for aesthetic reasons, but so that he would not need to tilt his head to read the titles. It must be annoying to try and remove a book at the bottom of a stack, especially on a high shelf. Well, it’s not Karl’s problem anymore.

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4 Responses to But What Happens To The Books

  1. (Kitty) Cat Strawberry - Meow! says:

    Wow, that’s a serious amount of books! And stacking them that way is my idea of a nightmare. I’ve done it before and brought a whole pile crashing down on me when I was too lazy to dismantle the pile to get the book from the bottom.

  2. Weiss-Nix says:

    I had exactly the same thought!
    I`d love to spend some time in KL`s libraries….and I am also willing to adopt a few coffee table books.

  3. When we die, all of our life’s prized possessions go into the fire along with Rosebud.

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