Maison: Christian Liaigre
- ISBN 9780500511626
- 30.00 x 22.20 cm
- 550 Illustrations, 400 in colour
- First published 2004
‘A visually exciting book, bursting with understated energy and inspiration, it shows why this master has been oft copied but rarely equalled and perhaps never bettered’ – IdFX
‘Really feeds the senses ... may turn you green with undiluted envy’ – Homes & Interiors
‘May induce a debilitating paroxysm of envy’ – V&A Magazine
‘Possibly the most important – certainly
the most copied – designer of our time’
The Financial Times did not exaggerate. Christian Liaigre’s luxurious dark-wood minimalism and masculine palette of creams, browns and greys have done nothing less than redefine modernism, supplanting the Scandinavian blond timbers on white that just a few years ago were the sine qua non of the modern interior.
Working in close collaboration with Liaigre, Herbert Ypma set out to capture and document a number of his recent and previously unpublished residential projects.
They are incredibly diverse: a modernist retreat on the Galician coast; an atelier in Montparnasse; Rupert Murdoch’s capacious SoHo loft; an eighteenth-century Bavarian farmhouse owned by the proprietor and designer of Germany’s fashion label Strenesse; and Liaigre’s own fisherman’s cottage retreat on the Ile de Ré.
The integrity and pervasive calm of Liaigre’s spaces reflect an instinctive aversion to the clamour of modern life. His materials are luxuriously authentic – exotic African timbers such as wenge and ebony; linen, silk and wool; marble and natural stone; and his signature bronze hardware. As every project demonstrates, he makes deep connections with the tradition of each location, whether the industrial heritage of downtown Manhattan or the wild coastal landscape of Corsica.
Herbert Ypma is the creator of , as well as the style visionary behind Thames & Hudson’s World Design series.