French interior designer Christian Liaigre set up his design studio in Paris in 1985, with his first showroom following in 1987. Focusing on interior architecture and design, Liaigre developed a new style of modernism that redefined interior design at the end of the 20th Century, leading to him being described as ‘probably the most important – and certainly the most copied – designer of our time’ by the Financial Times.
His ‘epoch-defining’ interiors include New York’s Mercer Hotel and London’s Selfridges store as well as private residences for such famous names as designers Karl Legerfield, Calvin Klein and Kenzo.
His style was marked in particular by his pioneering use of leather sofas, dark woods and grey walls, and his designs have influenced the interior décor of thousands of hotels, restaurants and homes. His ethos revolves around successful design being ‘timeless, calm beauty and subtle luxury, delicacy and rareness’ rather than ‘trivial affluence’.
Himself a sailor, Christian Liaigre interior designs include the 67 metre Alloy Yachts sailing yacht Vertigo and Perini’s 60 metre Seahawk. He also designed the interior for media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s 56 metre former superyacht Rosehearty, and has turned his hand to motor yacht interior design with the 54.3 metre Amels Spirit, and a soon-to-launch Amels Limited Editions 180.
Liaigre is best known for his land-based hotels, shops and private residences as well as custom furniture and lighting design. He has opened showrooms in London, Bangkok, New York, and St Barths where he also has a home. Liaigre’s interior design for superyacht Vertigo won several awards.