A contemporary interior need not abandon the past completely, believes Christian Liaigre. Known for his pared-back style, the French designer has picked out classic furniture from the house catalogue of Paris-based auction house Artcurial that could sit easily in a present-day space; his judicious choices appear in the upcoming sale Demeures d’Epoques et de Style (auction Monday November 7; previews from Wednesday November 2).
Since launching his first design studio in Paris in 1985, Liaigre has created interior architecture and furniture designs for both public spaces and private residences, including those of Rupert Murdoch, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein.
His selection of furniture and classical objects ranges from the 17th to 19th century and includes a handsome half-moon chest of drawers from the Louis XVI period (estimated at €30,000-€50,000). “With its blue marble top, this elegant piece of furniture would look great with primitive artwork,” says Liaigre. “And the Régence period armchair [€5,000-€8,000] would capture everyone’s attention placed in a loft; tapestry makes everyone dream.” He suggests pairing an Empire desk chair (€3,000-€5,000) with a contemporary desk made from exotic wood – “a Liaigre creation if possible!”