Cardin was the first fashion designer to exploit his brand to an unprecedented degree, putting his initials not only on his clothes but on thousands of products including frying pans and tins of sardines.
In 1989, Pierre Cardin became the second owner of the Bubble Palace, a house which is located on a rocky cliff within Massif de L’Esterel, a volcanic mountain range overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France. Bubble Palace was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, who was inspired by ‘ancestral homes’ such as prehistoric caves for the forms of his buildings, which is why you won’t see many right-angles inside. The mansion was built between 1975 and 1989 and, spans roughly 13,000 square feet, including dozens of rooms; the grounds, meanwhile, boast three swimming pools, several gardens, and a 500-seat amphitheater.
Over the years, Bubble Palace has hosted many swanky parties and events; MTV hosted James Bond’s 40th birthday party there in 2002, and in May 2016 Dior held an indoor/outdoor fashion show at the sprawling house, featuring the brand’s resort collection. Scenes from Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie was also shot in the house. In 2012, Assouline published The Palais Bulles of Pierre Cardin, a book with beautiful pictures from the mansion and estate.
The property was previously listed at $456M, again at $355M in 2015, and again in February 2020 with an undisclosed price. It is estimated the house will attract offers of around $305M.