By Alexandra Marshall
August 19, 2013

Among fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld’s new side projects? A Monte Carlo pool with serious style cred. T+L reports.

“Work is making a living out of being bored,” Karl Lagerfeld once quipped. If that’s the case, he’s been exceedingly bored lately—and focusing his eagle eye on the world of travel. Lagerfeld just unveiled a slick redesign of the pool, patio, and Odyssey restaurant at Hotel Metropole (pictured; $$$$),in Monaco, where he had a house for 10 years and maintains a close friendship with Princess Caroline. Surrounded by the lacy garden rooftops of Monte Carlo, the new space is strikingly graphic, with angular ebony-and-ecru furniture, square umbrellas, and a backlit black-and-white photo mural depicting models in the mode of Odysseus, togas and all.

Though Lagerfeld doesn’t approach designing a space as he does a dress, “in a way, it’s all about fashion,” he says. “I want people to love it and feel at ease.” He’s applying that credo to other undertakings: interiors for Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland and a collaboration with Sofitel’s new So Hotel in Singapore, opening in November. Then there are Lagerfeld’s 12 collections a year for Fendi and Chanel; his namesake brand, Karl Lagerfeld, plus KL, a new affordable line; and boutique openings in Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. What else does a 78-year-old do to stay entertained?

On the Road with Lagerfeld

Must-brings: “Stationery, pencils, watercolors, books, iPods, and iPads. I have to transform a hotel room into a personal, creative space.”

Top Hotels: “The Four Seasons Hotel Milano and New York’s Mercer are my favorite places to stay. In Rome, I love the Hotel Hassler.”

Best Trip: “St.-Tropez. I rent a villa at La Reserve Ramatuelle all year round, even if I don’t go as often as I’d like.”

Constant Companion: “My cat, Choupette. She couldn’t go to Singapore with me, and it was the worst. Thankfully, I follow her on Twitter at @ChoupettesDiary.”

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