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Christian Liaigre

French

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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Average Sold Price
$5,135
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Materials
Leather Coffee Table, 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.
Category

20th Century French Modern Christian Liaigre

Materials

Leather

  • Leather Coffee Table, Christian Liaigre
  • Leather Coffee Table, Christian Liaigre
  • Leather Coffee Table, Christian Liaigre
  • Leather Coffee Table, Christian Liaigre
H 14.5 in. W 87.75 in. D 51.25 in.
Naja Coffee Table
By Christian Liaigre, Eric Schmitt
Located in New York, NY
Solid bronze coffee table in a smooth black patina finish. Measure: 3.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Christian Liaigre

Materials

Bronze

  • Naja Coffee Table
  • Naja Coffee Table
  • Naja Coffee Table
  • Naja Coffee Table
H 13.75 in. W 70.75 in. D 15.75 in.
Sacristain Side Table
By Christian Liaigre
Located in New York, NY
Frame description: Metal Frame finish: Noir Patina Accent description: Metal Accent finish: Polished Silver Noir Patina/Silver accent.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Christian Liaigre

Materials

Silver, Metal

  • Sacristain Side Table
  • Sacristain Side Table
  • Sacristain Side Table
  • Sacristain Side Table
H 18 in. W 26.7 in. D 14.5 in.
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 ...
Category

1990s French Christian Liaigre

Materials

Mahogany

  • Christian Liaigre Coffee Tables in Mahogany
  • Christian Liaigre Coffee Tables in Mahogany
  • Christian Liaigre Coffee Tables in Mahogany
  • Christian Liaigre Coffee Tables in Mahogany
H 31.5 in. W 59.06 in. D 15.75 in.
Océan Sofa by Christian Liaigre
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Sofa model Océan by French designer Christian Liaigre 1999. High quality sofa made of oak wood and red leather.
Category

1990s French Mid-Century Modern Christian Liaigre

Materials

Leather, Oak

  • Océan Sofa by Christian Liaigre
  • Océan Sofa by Christian Liaigre
  • Océan Sofa by Christian Liaigre
  • Océan Sofa by Christian Liaigre
H 28.75 in. W 94.49 in. D 42.52 in.
Christian Liaigre Holly Hunt Rosewood Ebonized Trim 4 Door Compartment Credenza
By Christian Liaigre, HOLLY HUNT
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Christian Liaigre Holly Hunt Rosewood Ebonized Trim 4 Door Compartment Credenza. Outstanding craftsmanship dark rosewood fold away doors credenza cabinet dresser.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Christian Liaigre

Materials

Acrylic, Wood, Walnut

Dark Brown Christian Liaigre Pirogue Bench for Holly Hunt, Pair Available
By Christian Liaigre
Located in New York, NY
A dark chocolate brown wood bench by Christian Liaigre, the elegant and simple top with tapered edges resting on four bulbous legs, made in France for Holly Hunt stamped underneath. ...
Category

1990s French Modern Christian Liaigre

Materials

Wood

Christian Liaigre Macassar Ebony Bookcases/Room Divider, Pair
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Miami, FL
Christian Liaigre Macassar ebony bookcases/room divider, pair Offered for sale is a pair of Christian Liaige Macassar, ebony, and lacquered wood bookcases or room dividers. The bo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Christian Liaigre

Materials

Ebony, Macassar

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Christian Liaigre Sellers

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Christian Liaigre furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Christian Liaigre furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Christian Liaigre furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 7 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 4 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Christian Liaigre was created in modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary. Many customers also consider furniture by Garouste and Bonetti, Xavier Pauchard and Andrée Putman if you are looking for additional options. The prices for Christian Liaigre furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $2,752 and tops out at $39,085, while pieces like these can sell for $7,200 on average.

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