Known for breathing life into the cool streamlined culture of modern design, Christian Liaigre heralds his style as evocative, calling up a simple, peaceful way of life. Natural palettes contradict sleek Euro lines on versatile furnishings that flex from formal to hip. The designer's juxtapositions of curvilinear leather and soft pebble gray, sleek and textural, eclectic and traditional, visual and visceral, revitalize and reinvent the vernacular. In Liaigre's world, slate-grey satiny fauteuils mingle freely with bisque-white sofas and buffalo brown bergères. With an aesthetic that leans clearly toward modernism, the oeuvre is not pure. Exuberant brews of nouveau, sinuous and vintage pieces take on artful dialogues in the new global market and step into the decade with great ease.
Born in western France, Liaigre studied at the Paris Academy of Fine and Decorative Arts and taught drawing technique at the Academy Charpentier before returning to the countryside, where he spent ten years as a horse breeder. Ensconced in a contemplative life, his designs became rooted in a world of natural beauty. Drawing on indigenous materials, he created a body of work based on wood weathered by the sea and leather worked according to the traditions of saddle making.
Liaigre earned international acclaim when he began his own label, carving out a chi chi curriculum vitae with such notable clients as the Mercer Hotel in New York, Valentino Couture in Paris and Selfridges in London, not to mention the private residences of Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld and Rupert Murdoch. In the 1990s, Liaigre entered into an exclusive agreement with HOLLY HUNT and today continues to dazzle the design world with his ecosphere of sensuous hues, deep, sultry woods and plush leather. His mildly Asian minimalist pieces seem almost certainly inspired by the 1930s Bauhaus style of Mies van der Rohe, yet are revamped to create an edgier, global look that rises to the top of an eclectic design market. Ethnic forms that tend toward primal converge with idiosyncratic elements, revealing an otherworldly sensibility that is also deeply familiar.
For more information about the designer and his collections, visit hollyhunt.com or call 800.320.3145.