Art market Magazine April 2016

 
LIFESTYLE 
 
The Liaigre line 
 
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tylish, timeless…
LIFESTYLE

The Liaigre line

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tylish, timeless and minimalist are three adjectives that accurately describe the style of Christian Liaigre. The same come to mind to
define that of another designer further back in history: Jean-Michel Frank. Because the two men share the same feeling for clean lines, perfect proportions and the use of noble materials to their advantage. But Liaigre prefers wood, leather and bronze to parchment, galuchat and straw marquetry. And where Frank designed pieces with a very limited distribution for 15 years, Liaigre already has slightly more than thirty years under his belt, producing items that you can buy in stores with his name. A feature specific to this discreet designer, who in 1985 opened a shop in Rue de Varenne in Paris aimed at a broader clientele than only those who commissioned bespoke interiors. Keen to ensure a long life for his business, he withdrew his first name from its trade name in 2010, when he transferred 60 % of his shares to private equity funds, first managed by Edmond de Rothschild, then by Bridgepoint. The operation led to a considerable rise in turnover and the opening of some twenty stores all over the world, without sacrificing an ounce of the Liaigre spirit. No question of branding left, right and centre; on

the contrary, the idea is to promote the quality of production in terms of both interior design and furniture. "We are extremely selective. There are only twentyfive of us managing never more than fifteen or so projects. The biggest can sometimes spread over several years, like a palace in India we have been refurbishing for five years. But on average, a project generally lasts three years," says Frauke Meyer, the design firm's artistic director for the last eighteen months. She is a long-standing colleague: "Christian Liaigre was one of the examiners for my diploma at the Arts Décoratifs de Paris sixteen years ago, and he asked me to join his team. I had no intention of staying such a long time, but our collaboration was highly productive, on extraordinary projects it would have been very difficult to find elsewhere." The Trinity Country Club in South Korea is a good example of the designer's selectivity and the resources deployed. He initially refused the request – from Lee Myung-Hee, one of the daughters of the founder of Samsung – to refurbish this 7,000-square-metre golf house, as he found the fortress-like architecture of the venue unappealing. Having thought again, he gave the huge spaces the comfort and intimacy of a private residence. The attention lavished on the changing rooms –

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Bronze table by Eric Schmitt in a house belonging to Richard Meier's, on the beach in Malibu, California.

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