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Maison: Christian Liaigre

Herbert Ypma

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Surveys the work of the enormously influential (and hugely imitated) interior/furniture designer Christian Liaigre

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‘Possibly the most important – certainly the most copied – designer of our time’ Financial Times

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 blonde 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 epoch-defining 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.

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'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'

'May induce a debilitating paroxysm of envy'
V&A Magazine

'Really feeds the senses ... may turn you green with undiluted envy'
Homes & Interiors

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.0 x 22.2 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 550

Publication date: 8 March 2004

ISBN: 9780500511626

About the Author

Herbert Ypma is the author of all the titles in the mould breaking Hip Hotels series as well the following books, all published byThames & Hudson in the World Design series: London Minimum, Pacific Island, Paris:Objet Trouvé, American Country, Mexican Contemporary and Irish Georgian.

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