tag archives: centre pompidou


in memory of a modern master, french interior designer, christian liaigre (1943-2020).

a designer of products and projects.  furniture and furnishings.  residential, hospitality, and yacht interiors.


he had ‘style without being stylish’.

-liaigre website

penthouse | new york, ny | interior design by christian liaigre | architecture by john pawson

liaigre | written by christian liaigre and thomas luntz | pages 115, 100-101

photo credits (c) mark seelen


‘a maven of modern minimalism’,

-interior design magazine


who could be thought of as ‘our generation’s jean-michel frank’.

-brad ford, interior designer

-elle decor magazine

residence of jean-michel frank | paris, france

jean-michel frank, adolphe chanaux | written by leopold diego sanchez | page 70


jean-michel frank (1895-1941) collaborated regularly with the giacometti brothers, alberto (1901-1966) and diego (1902-1985), whose sculptures and furnishings also inspired liaigre.

residence | het zoute, belgium | interior design by christian liaigre

christian liaigre | trepied side table | 53121

christian liaigre | st. germaine lounge chair | 13607

liaigre | written by christian liaigre and thomas luntz | pages 123-125

photo credits (c) mark seelen


alberto giacometti (1901-1966) | la place II | bronze | 1948 | museum berggruen | berlin, germany

photo credit fondation giacometti


the endless columns of constantin brancusi (1876-1957) were another artistic inspiration.

residence | galicia, spain | interior design by christian liaigre

christian liaigre | nagato side table | 60521

maison christian liaigre | written and photographed by herbert ypma | pages 30

photo credit herbert ypma


atelier brancusi | reconstructed by renzo piano | centre pompidou | paris, france

photo credit centre pompidou | 1997 (c) agap, paris


as well as, the minimalist art, architecture, and furniture of donald judd (1928-1994).  like judd, liaigre reduced objects and space to their essential forms.

donald judd (1928-1994) | untitled | six units | douglas fir plywood | 1975 | judd foundation | new york, ny and marfa, tx

photo credit judd foundation


residence | mougins, france | interior design by christian liaigre

christian liaigre | marais console tables | 57023

christian liaigre | toja coffee table | no longer in production

liaigre | written by christian liaigre and thomas luntz | pages 276-277, 280-281, and 282

photo credits jean-philippe piter


liaigre was a minimalist and a modernist, yet a traditionalist.

which, may be why his work continually inspires me.

townhouse | london, united kingdom | interior design by christian liaigre

liaigre 12 projects | written by christian liaigre | pages 38-39

photo credit (c) mark seelen

it’s always exciting to make new discoveries in a city that you’ve visited many times.

i never knew about the atelier brancusi, located in front of the centre pompidou in paris, until i read about it on heather clawson’s lifestyle blog, habitually chic.  the atelier brancusi, a reconstruction of the art studio of constantin brancusi (1876-1957), contains a permanent exhibition of his sculptures.

atelier brancusi | place georges-pompidou (rue rambuteau side) | 75004 paris, france

wednesday-monday 2-6 pm | closed tuesday and 1 may

free entrance

photo credit rpbw

the reconstruction, designed by renzo piano building works (rpbw), reproduces the layout, volume, and light of brancusi’s
art studio, which was located in the 15th arrondissement, near montparnasse.  renzo piano designed the building as a pavilion.  inside, the glass walls that enclose the four room studio create space to circulate around the perimeter of the pavilion.

renzo piano building works | atelier brancusi reconstruction | 1992-1996

photo credit rpbw

brancusi was so preoccupied by the relationship between his sculptures and the surrounding space, that he bequeathed the contents of his studio to the french government under the conditions that his studio would be reconstructed, and reinstalled in its entirety.

photo credits center pompidou

studio 1

brancusi’s exhibition studio

studio 2

brancusi’s second exhibition studio

studio 3

brancusi’s private quarters, where he lived and worked

studio 4

 brancusi’s storage area

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspac

 do you think that the reconstruction recaptures the essence of the original?

 constantin brancusi’s studio | 11, impasse ronsin | 75015 paris, france | 1929

photo credit centre pompidou