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Christian Liaigre

French, 1943-2020

In his illustrious career, the French designer Christian Liaigre 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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Brass Reading Lamp by Manufactor for Christian Liaigre - France 1980's
By Christian Liaigre
Located in New York, NY
Iconic reading lamp by Christian Liaigre in classy brass finish. Shades rotates 360°. Original "Manufactor" maker signature present. In good vintage condition. Shiny "Dark nickel" ve...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Liaigre

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Set of Christian Liaigre “Cerused” Chairs
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Austin, TX
Set of six dining chairs by Christian Liaigre from France. This set has a beautiful light oak “cerused” structure with a cobalt blue upholstery, all original.
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Luculus Dining Table By Christian Liaigre
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Austin, TX
Dining table from France by designer Christian Liaigre for Nobilis. This piece has a solid ceruse thick wood slab top and green hand hammered forged iron base. It is in excellent vin...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Liaigre

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Luculus Dining Table By Christian Liaigre
Luculus Dining Table By Christian Liaigre
H 29.5 in W 93.25 in D 43.25 in
Christian Liaigre Sofa selected by Ai Weiwei
By Christian Liaigre
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful Christian Liaigre Sofa in light grey fabric—likely a high performance cotton blend. This sofa strikes a perfect balance between comfort and s...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Christian Liaigre

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Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt Chairs
By Christian Liaigre
Located in New York, NY
A pair of large beautiful ivory suede slipper chairs raised on exposed espresso wooden legs with single detached ivory linen back cushion. From luxury manufacturer Holly Hunt. H...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Christian Liaigre

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Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt Chairs
Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt Chairs
H 32.5 in W 33.5 in D 34.5 in
Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt Square Leather Ottoman
By Christian Liaigre
Located in New York, NY
Presenting a huge leather seating or cocktail table option for home or office. Creamy black leather. Beautiful minimalist design by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt...
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Early 2000s American Modern Christian Liaigre

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Sleek Christian Liaigre at Holly Hunt Le Mystere Oak Console Sofa Table
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Rift saw oak in Liaigre signature dark brown finish. Console is low lying with 4 drawers featuring a clever self engaging drawer mechanism where pushing one drawer opens the next. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Christian Liaigre

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Christian Liaigre Sofa, Holly Hunt
By HOLLY HUNT, Christian Liaigre
Located in Raleigh, NC
A simple and stunning design by Christian Liaigre produced by Holly Hunt. This two piece sofa is very deep and comfortable and is newly upholstered in a striking textured abstract c...
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Early 2000s American Christian Liaigre

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Christian Liaigre Sofa, Holly Hunt
Christian Liaigre Sofa, Holly Hunt
H 19 in W 101 in D 42 in
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Christian Liaigre furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Christian Liaigre furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 8 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 4 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Christian Liaigre were created in the modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Christian Astuguevieille, Didier Gomez, and Louis Durot. Prices for Christian Liaigre furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,300 and can go as high as $22,440, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,800.

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