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Karl Lagerfeld doesn't chase waterfalls. He builds them. Photograph by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff for Getty Images.

Did Karl Lagerfeld "Marie Kondo" His Life?

Rachel Tashjian

Rachel Tashjian

The Chanel designer says his "world conditions are beyond perfect."

Karl Lagerfeld doesn't chase waterfalls. He builds them. Photograph by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff for Getty Images.

Each year, Karl Lagerfeld designs multiple collections for Chanel and Fendi, takes countless photographs, and works his way through an 80,000-book library—how does he keep it all straight? According to a new interview with WWD, he has reduced his belongings to the bare necessities. Describing the designer's sprawling but sparse Parisian home, WWD's Bridget Foley writes that Lagerfeld "has found streamlining a pleasant approach to his life…extending the concept not only to people but possessions, 'detaching' himself 'from unnecessary stuff. Houses, trips, holiday, social life, all that s—t.'"

"My world conditions are beyond perfect," he told Foley.

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Or perhaps, like so many things, he presaged the fervor for so-called "Kondoing"—he auctioned off most of his antique furniture in 2000, nearly two decades before the publication of Kondo's minimalist-living tome. But Lagerfeld still maintains one collection of old things: he claims he may have the world's largest collection of antique sheets. He adds a signature Lagerfeldism, demanding that sheets should only ever be white: "Printed sheets are for people who don't wash them often."