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March 2, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld Designs the World’s Most Expensive Safe

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Paris, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Designed by one of the most gifted designers of our time, a high-security safe has been developed on paper in Paris, which the specialists at the house of Döttling in Maichingen have built for the coming generations: the “Narcissus”.

A room installation at first glance, the safe only reveals its capabilities when it identifies its owner and has been activated by him. Then two handcrafted interior cabinets containing watch winders and jewelry drawers emerge from its steel body, which weighs 800 kilos (1,764 pounds) and is sheathed in high-gloss, chrome-plated aluminum. Fully automatically, the safe, with its fully reflective surfaces, pays tribute to the personality and aesthetics of its counterpart when closed, while enshrining all that is of highest value to its owner in its interior.

At 1.80 m (5.9 ft) high and 1.0 m (3.3 ft) wide but just 30 cm (11.8 in) deep, the “Narcissus” breaks through previous aesthetic and technical limits, presenting an ultra-slim high-security safe. This highly innovative safe is also a very personal statement by a public figure who has made, and continues to make, history in the worlds of fashion and photography. Accordingly, the first model is reserved for its creator, Karl Lagerfeld, who photographed it personally.

At 250,000 euros ($340,000), it is the most expensive safe in the world and will be limited to a small production run of 30 specimens. “I am not interested in what people want. I’ve designed a safe that I would like to own and which will stand in my home. Markus Döttling built it for me,” commented Karl Lagerfeld, referring to his masterpiece.

For more information visit www.doettling.com.

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