Thursday, October 22, 2009


Christian Liaigre certainly falls within the category of modern day icon. The French interior, furniture and lighting designer is known for his principles of understatement and simplicity. His use of exotic woods – wacapou, ebony, wenge, wamara as well as the more traditional timbers – oak and white sycamore or his preference for leathers reminiscent of traditional saddle makers is signature for many of his designs.
CL furnishings are sold exclusively through Holly Hunt here in the U.S. HH showrooms can be found in the following U.S. cities: Miami, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, D.C., and Minneapolis. Occasionally there are a handful of CL designs on 1stdibs. Outside of the U.S. refer to the Liaigre portal. If you are of some repute or of considerable means i.e. Rupert Murdoch you might very well engage Liaigre as your interior designer; Murdoch used Liaigre to design his Soho residence in New York. Two wonderful volumes that showcase Liaigre’s domestic design work are “Maison-Christian Liaigre” by Herbert Ypma (which includes Murdoch’s Soho flat) and “Liaigre” by Christian Liaigre, Thomas Luntz,
Jean-Philippe Piter both of which can be sourced on Amazon or at Holly Hunt showrooms.
Understanding the brainchild behind his designs is perhaps best explained by the following … “When asked what inspires him most in his work Liaigre has a consistent and simple answer: the sea and the horse. Many of Liaigre’s favorite ingredients might be considered chic to some, but to Liaigre who was raised in a no nonsense region of France, Ile De Re, they are perfectly rational choices because not only have they stood the test of time, but their looks also improve with age”. *

* Excerpt from Maison – Christian Liaigre by Herbert Ypma

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images: (click on images to enlarge)
Augustin sofa (top)
Amande floor lamp (2nd)
Galet Library (3rd)
Charmane chair (4th)
Bazane stool (bottom)

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