Biography: the man before the myth
Christian Liaigre was born in La Rochelle, France in 1943. He studied at the Paris Academy of Fine and Decorative Arts and taught drawing at the Academy Charpentier. After spending 10 years as a horse breeder he decided to open a studio in 1987, focusing on interior architecture and furniture design. His first project to win acclaim was the refurbishment of the Hotel Montalembert in Paris in 1988. Generally speaking, the designer is known due to the fact that he designed private residences for such notables as Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Rupert Murdoch and Bryan Adams.
Christian Liaigre has made himself known by his refined, high-quality work. Through good use of space and light, basing his design on local cultures an traditions, choice of materials and a special love of arts and crafts. According to the words of the designer, comfort does not lie in trivial affluence but in delicacy and rareness. Only this designer is able to combine certain modesty with great elegance.
Christian Liaigre is credited with redefining modernism and pioneering the use of dark wood, leather sofas and the luxurious cream, brown and grey palette integral to today’s stylish interiors.
The company of Christian Liaigre manufactures its pieces according to an artisanal method of production for its line of furniture and lighting. The whole amount of the furniture produced is embossed or stamped with the logo of the company.
Among others, he’s responsible for the interior of the uber-trendy Mercer Hotel in New York, the refit of Selfridges department store in London, offices for Valentino Couture in Paris; and Hakkasan, London’s Chinese restaurant of the moment. So good he has been described as Europe’s most renowned industrial architect of this century. Like his interiors, Liaigre’s furniture is simple, sophisticated and luxuriously inviting. Credited with being the first designer to introduce African wenge wood into interiors, Liaigre is fond of blending African wood with traditional timber such as English oak to create his minimal furniture.
For the furniture production the company of Christian Liaigre deals with a small number of workshops which are specialised in wood-working or upholstery.
Besides, the opening of the flagship Paris showroom of Christian Liaigre places the renowned French designer’s latest collection in conversation with a selection of antiques, expertly curated by antiquities dealer and interior designer Florence Lopez. This partnership was really successful. As a matter of fact, Lopez and Liaigre were friends for many years and joined forces to create a space that would spotlight the rare antiques and highlight their unique charms while revealing the versatility of the luxurious yet understated designs for which the Liaigre brand is known. The resulting harmony of works from two designers showcases the timeless elegance.
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Design philosophy He attempts to incorporate the culture of a place into his designs. For example, in a modernist retreat on the Galician coast belonging to Spanish fashion designer Adolfo Dominguez, Liaigre designed sliding screens in the woven willow used by local fishermen to make nets. A strong believer in fung shui, he strives to create an atmosphere of meditative serenity and consequently his services are in demand in Asia.
Inspirational quotes by Christian Liaigre
Simplicité fait la beauté is a Gallic expression that means simplicity is beauty. We may say this about furniture collection of the iconic French designer Christian Liaigre. Besides, the Financial Times described him as the most important and the most copied designer of our time.
The main characteristic of the talent of Christian Liaigre is a modern-day Midas. What is more, everything he touches becomes hip. Judging on his recent projects this is absolutely true to state.