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Christian Liaigre Lighting

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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Creator: Christian Liaigre
Christian Liaigre Acier Table Lamp
By Christian Liaigre
Located in Chicago, IL
Christian Liaigre Acier Table Lamp, Bronze-painted metal spine with exposed cord power source and original paper cone-shaped shade. This Bronze brass lamp blends in with all types o...
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Early 2000s French Modern Christian Liaigre Lighting

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Vintage Christian Liaigre Bronze Galerie Lamp, Original Aquarelle Paper Shade
By Christian Liaigre
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A vintage “Galerie” accent lamp designed by Christian Liaigre. The lamp was produced in the late 1990s / early 2000s, the design is currently discontinued. The lamp base and stem are patinated solid bronze, the original lamp shade is off white aquarelle paper, which is cotton textured water color paper...
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1990s French Minimalist Christian Liaigre Lighting

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Bronze

Original Christian Liaigre Bronze Japanese Style Lantern from the Mercer Hotel
By Christian Liaigre
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This over-sized heavy bronze and glass panels Japanese "Takumi" style lantern was custom designed by Christian Liaigre for the Mercer Kitchen Restaurant reception area at the Mercer Hotel...
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1990s French Anglo-Japanese Christian Liaigre Lighting

Materials

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Christian Liaigre, Mercer Kitchen Wall Sconces, Pair
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Christian Liaigre Lighting

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Christian Liaigre lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

Christian Liaigre lighting are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. Many of the original lighting by Christian Liaigre were created in the modern style in france during the late 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider lighting by Dominique Pouchain, Ligne Roset, and Gilles Derain. Prices for Christian Liaigre lighting can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,300 and can go as high as $10,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,900.

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