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Christian Liaigre Furniture

Christian Liaigre (France, 1943–2020)

In his illustrious career, the French designer Christian Liaigre (1943–2020) created furniture and private interiors with a minimalist and restrained sensibility that would become his trademark, but never at the cost of luxury. When he began designing furniture in the 1980s, Liaigre’s clean lines and no-frills approach caused a stir and was considered unusual for the era. But what Liaigre knew best was creating elegant, exquisite designs that would stand the test of time.

Liaigre studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He initially began as a furniture designer, opening his studio in 1985 before he would move toward interiors. His bold, timeless pieces were made in France using luxurious materials such as marble and cashmere in a soothing palette of neutral tones that look fresh to this day. Later, Liaigre began to design private interiors — from homes of influential figures like Calvin Klein and Karl Lagerfeld to holiday homes, offices and the cabins of private yachts. He designed the interiors of the Art Deco–era Hotel Montalembert in Paris and became known in the United States for his design of the Mercer Hotel in New York City, which opened in 1997. Soon afterward, he found himself working for hotelier Ian Schrager.

To each of his interior design projects Liaigre brought his minimalist touch, which was born from his ability to distill a broad range of inspirations — from Brancusi sculptures and African art to Art Deco furniture — into simple, balanced forms. The modest beauty of his popular Nagato stool, a small and sculptural piece of seating designed in oak in 1986, represents this vision clearly and points to some more of Liaigre’s influences: the stillness found in Donald Judd’s minimalist art and many aspects of Japanese culture.

Liaigre, who earned comparisons to celebrated French designers Jean-Michel Frank and Jean Royère, was also known for his visionary use of natural and unconventional materials and is considered to be one of the first to use wenge, an African hardwood, in combination with traditional timber such as oak in his furnishings. Liaigre’s creative foresight has ensured that today he is one of the most influential and widely imitated designers of the 20th century.

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Christian Liaigre Spartane Chair in Walnut Macao w/ High Gloss Red Chili Leather
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Vancouver, BC
Solid wood chair in Walnut with shaped back posts. Exquisitely carved backrest with vibrant red upholstery seat, the Spartane chair is a unique example of one of France's living mast...
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Early 2000s French Neoclassical Revival Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Christian Liaigre Nuage Side Table Tall (size 2)
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Vancouver, BC
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2010s French Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Carrara Marble

Christian Liaigre Nuage Side Table Low (size 1)
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Vancouver, BC
Category

2010s French Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Carrara Marble

Bomarzo Bronze side table by Eric Schmitt for Christian Liaigre
By Christian Liaigre, Eric Schmitt
Located in Vancouver, BC
Category

1990s French Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Liaigre Coffee Table or Library Book
By Christian Liaigre
Located in New York, NY
Liaigre: 12 Projects, an iconic coffee table or library book, 2014, Paris, France. Christian Liaigre was a legendary French interior and furniture designer known for his iconic '90s ...
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2010s French Minimalist Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Paper

Christian Liaigre Coffee Tables in Mahogany
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Antwerp, BE
Christian Liaigre, coffee table, rosewood, France, 1999 Christian Liaigre was a French interior designer and architect. Born into a family from Vendée, Liaigre entered the École ...
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1990s French Christian Liaigre Furniture

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Mahogany

Contemporary Leather Coffee Table by Christian Liaigre
By Christian Liaigre
Located in New Orleans, LA
Vintage contemporary coffee table in leather by Christian Liaigre with clean lines and timeless look. Wear consistent with age and use.
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20th Century European Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Leather

Christian Liaigre Barbuda Lounge Chair
By HOLLY HUNT, Christian Liaigre
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural "Barbuda" model lounge chair, designed by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt, American, circa 1990s. This chair is currently being reupholstered and can be completed in your...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Christian Liaigre Patinated Bronze Side Table
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Stamford, CT
A Christian Liaigre (1943-2020) patinated bronze side table; marked, circa 2001.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Contemporary Leather Bed Platform by Christian Liaigre
By Christian Liaigre
Located in New Orleans, LA
Vintage contemporary mattress platform in leather by Christian Liaigre with clean lines and timeless look. Wear consistent with age and use.   
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20th Century European Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Leather

Christian Liaigre Round Ottoman for Holly Hunt, 1990s
By HOLLY HUNT, Christian Liaigre
Located in Hamburg, PA
A luxurious Christian Liaigre round ottoman, bench, or pouf for Holly Hunt. Upholstered in high-end grey leather on an ebonized oak base. The bench is in very good condition and stru...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Oak, Leather

Christian Liaigre Center Table
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Christian Liaigre center table, France, late 20th century.
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Late 20th Century French Other Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Wood

JMF Style Two-Door Wenge Wood Cabinet
By Christian Liaigre
Located in East Hampton, NY
A Jean-Michel Frank re-edition by Christian Liaigre. This two-door cabinet with Wenge exterior and maple interior shelving features chrome accents stud trim. Gabonite by Christian Li...
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1980s French Vintage Christian Liaigre Furniture

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Chrome

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Christian Liaigre Nuage Side Table Tall (size 2)
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Bomarzo Bronze side table by Eric Schmitt for Christian Liaigre
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BENSEN Tokyo Chair - walnut frame w/ Black leather seat
By Niels Bendtsen, Bensen
Located in Vancouver, BC
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2010s Italian Christian Liaigre Furniture

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BENSEN Tokyo Chair - walnut frame w/ Black leather seat
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Established & Sons Standard Unique Dining Chair in Black Grey
By Established & Sons, Maarten Baas
Located in Vancouver, BC
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Stax Wood Base Dining Chair, Set of 6, by Niels Bendtsen from Bensen
By Niels Bendtsen, Bensen
Located in Vancouver, BC
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

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Wood

Vitra Hal Armchair Wood with Blue Seat in White by Jasper Morrison
By Jasper Morrison, Vitra
Located in Vancouver, BC
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2010s Swiss Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

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Fabric, Plastic, Oak

Metro Grey Armchair, by Niels Bendtsen from Bensen
By Niels Bendtsen, Bensen
Located in Vancouver, BC
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

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Eero Aarnio Ball chair in Kvadrat Hallingdal Red 65
By Eero Aarnio
Located in Vancouver, BC
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1960s Finnish Vintage Christian Liaigre Furniture

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Fiberglass

Little Petra Lounge Chair & Ottoman in Sheepskin with oiled Walnut Frame
By Viggo Boesen, &Tradition
Located in Vancouver, BC
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Walnut

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Set of Six Leather Dining Chairs by Christian Liaigre
By HOLLY HUNT, Christian Liaigre
Located in San Leandro, CA
Set of Six Dining Chairs in Wenge finish with Oyster Leather upholstery by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt. These luxurious chairs are in virtually new condition. Dimensions- ...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Leather, Upholstery

Nabab Lounge Chair by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt
By HOLLY HUNT, Christian Liaigre
Located in San Leandro, CA
Nabab Lounge Chair by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt.
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Late 20th Century Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Upholstery

Christian Liaigre Sofa
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautiful clean lined sofa by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt. Extremely well constructed and of the highest quality. Sofa would benefit with new upholstery which we recommend. Es...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

  • Christian Liaigre Sofa
  • Christian Liaigre Sofa
  • Christian Liaigre Sofa
  • Christian Liaigre Sofa
H 29.5 in. W 98 in. D 38.5 in.
"Boke" Macassar Ebony Coffee Table by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt
By HOLLY HUNT, Christian Liaigre
Located in New York, NY
"Boke" coffee table by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt. This model is longer in production. Signed. France, 1998. Dramatic rectangular Macassar ebony top with pronounced wood grain,...
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Late 20th Century French Minimalist Christian Liaigre Furniture

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Macassar

Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt Coffee Table
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful coffee table in espresso oak by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt.
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Wood

  • Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt Coffee Table
  • Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt Coffee Table
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  • Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt Coffee Table
H 14.75 in. W 63.25 in. D 43.25 in.
Set of 5 Christian Liaigre Terra Dining Chairs
By Christian Liaigre, HOLLY HUNT
Located in New York, NY
Set of five (5) Terra dining chairs by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt in a pale blue leather and dark brown finish. Some wear to frames and upholstery, Measure: Seat height ...
Category

Early 2000s French Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

  • Set of 5 Christian Liaigre Terra Dining Chairs
  • Set of 5 Christian Liaigre Terra Dining Chairs
  • Set of 5 Christian Liaigre Terra Dining Chairs
  • Set of 5 Christian Liaigre Terra Dining Chairs
H 23.5 in. W 34.2 in. L 23.5 in.
Christian Liaigre Yquem Pedestal Table
By Christian Liaigre
Located in San Francisco, CA
Christian Liaigre design Yquem pedestal table in solid oak with adapted black granite and oak top. Small wood chip on pedestal base corner.
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Early 2000s American Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Oak

Christian Liaigre Sofa
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Christian Liaigre sofa done in grey leather with saddle stitched design and mahogany base.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Leather

  • Christian Liaigre Sofa
  • Christian Liaigre Sofa
  • Christian Liaigre Sofa
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H 29.5 in. W 96.75 in. D 33.50 in.
Sleek Dune Lamp by Christian Liaigre
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Sculptural sensual base in satin ebony with aquarelle paper shade and antique patina brass.  
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

  • Sleek Dune Lamp by Christian Liaigre
  • Sleek Dune Lamp by Christian Liaigre
  • Sleek Dune Lamp by Christian Liaigre
  • Sleek Dune Lamp by Christian Liaigre
H 19.5 in. W 17.75 in. D 10 in.
Christian Liaigre Pedestal
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Dallas, TX
Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt pedestal in oak with ebony stain.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Wood

  • Christian Liaigre Pedestal
  • Christian Liaigre Pedestal
  • Christian Liaigre Pedestal
  • Christian Liaigre Pedestal
H 36 in. Dm 13.75 in.
Christian Liaigre Leather "Oman" Bed for Holly Hunt
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Christian Liaigre soft olive green leather bed detailed in saddle stitch leather on an ebonized wood base. This is the overall measurement of the bed 38" high x 85.75" long x 66.75...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Christian Liaigre Bench
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Dallas, TX
Bench has a metal frame base and leather seat cushion.
Category

20th Century French Modern Christian Liaigre Furniture

Materials

Metal

  • Christian Liaigre Bench
  • Christian Liaigre Bench
  • Christian Liaigre Bench
  • Christian Liaigre Bench
H 20 in. W 31.5 in. L 20 in.

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