Christian Liaigre is a visionary interior designer who has built his reputation on the polished quality of his furniture and interiors over the past twenty-five years.
Born in the French city of La Rochelle in 1943, he was a student at the Paris Academy of Fine and Decorative Arts and a drawing instructor at the Charpentier Academy. Liaigre chose to create a studio in 1987 after ten years as a horse breeder, focusing on interior architecture and furniture design. The renovation of the Hotel Montalembert in Paris in 1988 was his first notable job. In general, the designer is well-known for designing private mansions for celebrities such as Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Rupert Murdoch, and Bryan Adams.
Christian Liaigre designed the interior of the ultra-trendy Mercer Hotel in New York, the renovation of the Selfridges department store, in London, the offices of Valentino Couture in Paris, and Hakkasan, London’s hottest Chinese restaurant. He’s also been considered the century’s most recognized industrial architect in Europe.
The furniture by Christian Liaigre is simple, refined, and richly welcoming. Liaigre is credited with being the first designer to use African wenge wood in interiors, and he likes to mix African wood with classic woods like English oak to create his minimalist furniture.
Furthermore, the launch of Christian Liaigre’s flagship Paris showroom displays the renowned French designer’s current collection with an antique collection masterfully curated by antiquities dealer and interior designer Florence Lopez. This collaboration was a huge success. Lopez and Liaigre had been friends for a long time and decided to collaborate to create a space that would emphasize the rare antiques and their unique charms while showcasing the versatility of the Liaigre brand’s sumptuous yet subtle designs. The ensuing synergy of two designers’ works exemplifies eternal elegance.
In his creations, Christian tries to incorporate the culture of the country or location. For example, Liaigre built sliding screens out of the woven willow used by local fishermen to weave nets in a modernist retreat on the Galician coast (belonging to Spanish fashion designer Adolfo Dominguez).
He is also a firm believer in feng shui, and he seeks to create an atmosphere of contemplative serenity, and his services are in high demand across Asia.