Quotable | Speaking about Technology, Karl Lagerfeld says Facebook is a “Flawless Object”

I think they are very beautiful objects. There is no touch of what is considered bad taste or bad design [with technology], because bad design is bad taste today. They are flawless in a way. Facebook is a flawless object…it’s for me like a Brancusi”

Karl Lagerfeld speaking exclusively to BoF Founder and Editor-in-Chief Imran Amed on technology for The Luxury Channel, following the IHT Heritage Luxury Conference hosted by Suzy Menkes and held in London last week.

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  1. I believe that the Brancusi comment was actually in reference to laptop design. Karl stated that he had received a gold laptop as a gift which he does not use, just admires because it looks like a Brancusi.

    AnikaValentina from London, London, United Kingdom
  2. I wish he felt that way about twitter. I’m still dying to read a tweet and maybe even be lucky enough to get a reply from Lagerfeld!

    I have a love hate relationship with facebook… To compare it to Brancusi is interesting. I can see the parallel but I think I get annoyed by fb too much to agree!

    Molly from Schenectady, NY, United States
  3. Is it just me, or does this quote make absolutely no sense in this context? It makes no sense as to why this quote would be blown up into a story lead?

    Zoe from New York, NY, United States
  4. Why isn’t it sensible? BOF talks about social media all the time, so for Karl to comment on Facebook totally makes sense!!

    Rifat from France
  5. I do believe he’s starting to crack

    St.Valentine from San Francisco, CA, United States
  6. This is awesome. Great interview BoF!

    Sean from London, London, United Kingdom
  7. Great work Imran!

    Lauren from London, London, United Kingdom
  8. The world without Lagerfeld isn’t fashion! He is one of the very few designers that sketches instead of using digital pads.
    Would love to met him one day and attend to a Chanel or Lagerfeld runway.

  9. Amazing interview. I am doing my university dissertation on Fashion and the Internet and this interview has been perfect. Actually the whole website has taught me alot, and given me some amazing perspectives and ideas. So thank you very much!

  10. Ability to create/spot good design in one discipline does not mean there is ability to spot it in another. Mr. Lagerfeld needs to stick to clothing because he clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about in web design.

    Cherie from Sebastopol, CA, United States
  11. He probably meant the MacBook.

    L9H from Los Angeles, CA, United States
  12. Fabulous interview

    Dee from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  13. Zoe,

    I agree with you! Five minutes into the video and I haven’t even heard Lagerfeld refer to Facebook.

    However, he has spent most of his time discussing a host of other brilliant subjects. He doesn’t agree with concept of “marketing.” Lives in the moment. Does not analyze or ask questions, he only answers them.

    I’d love to like to be in Paris sitting next to Lagerfeld listening as he goes and and on and on and on and on…

    Hello Business of Fashion people, can you change the lead?


  14. I 100% Agree of what Karl Lagerfield says. Very true in his words. God bless him :) x

    Dreeden Ndombele from London, London, United Kingdom