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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


one word could describe many of the award winning show gardens at the 2019 chelsea flower show:



rhs chelsea flower show

21-25 may 2019

royal hospital chelsea | london | united kingdom

the m&g garden

best show garden | gold medal winner | rhs chelsea flower show | 2019

designed by andy sturgeon | built by crocus | sponsored by m&g investments

photo credit rhs


the layers of naturalistic gardens could be compared to the levels of natural habitats.

family monsters garden

best artisan garden | gold medal winner | rhs chelsea flower show | 2019

designed by alistair bayford | built by idverde | sponsored by idverde family action

photo credit via rhs


naturalistic gardens, like the new perennial movement gardens and meadows of dutch landscape designer, piet oudolf, could also be considered eco-friendly.  and, could also be described as wild.  or, painterly.  or, dreamscapes.

country living magazine described the 2019 morgan stanley garden as:  paint[ed] with plants’.

chris beardshaw, the designer of the garden, ‘paints’ by building up layers of plants.  and, by repeating plants in three or more places.  the repetition of colors and textures creates visual connections within the garden as well as continuous circulation through out the garden.

the morgan stanley garden

gold medal winner | rhs chelsea flower show | 2019

designed by chris beardshaw | built by chris beardshaw ltd | sponsored by morgan stanley

photo credit paula mcwaters via country living


i am now reading ‘joan mitchell: lady painter’ after seeing joan mitchell:  i carry my landscapes around with me at david zwirner gallery in new york.

mitchell’s method was also additive.  her technique was physical.  and, she painted spontaneously.  yet, she would stop to contemplate the structure of the composition, and the relationship between the colors, before adding another layer of paint.


“the painting has to work,’ joan believed,

‘but it has to say something more than that the painting works.”

-from mitchell paints a picture‘, an article from artnews by irving sandler, originally published in october 1957

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | posted | 1977 | collection walker art center | minneapolis, MN

photo credit (c) estate of joan mitchell via david zwirner


what do you think makes a design ‘work’?

are you a garden person?



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best show garden | the telegraph garden | designed by andy sturgeon | 2016 chelsea flower show

photo credits jonathan brady/pa | irish times, rhs, and the telegraph

or, a plant person?




diamond jubilee award | great pavilion | ashwood nurseries | 2016 chelsea flower show

photo credits ashwood nurseries, ashwood nurseries, and michael perry | plantgeek

financial times newspaper columnist, robin lane fox, thinks that even though the show gardens receive more press coverage, the real chelsea flower show occurs in the plant pavilions.

the chelsea flower show.  it’s one of london’s most spectacular annual spring events.

rhs (royal horticultural society) chelsea flower show

royal hospital chelsea

london, united kingdom

19-23 may 2015

and, one of the most crowded.  the exclusive members’ days are (slightly) less crowded than the public days.  so, one way to beat the crowd is to become a rhs member, like my husband, bob, and i did when we lived in london.


2015 chelsea flower show | public visitors to the show gardens

photo credit geoff pugh

some think that the show gardens are the major attraction.

chelsea 2015|laurent-perrier chatsworth garden|dan pearson|daily ad 5 20 15



2015 | best show garden | gold medal winner | the laurent-perrier chatsworth garden | designed by dan pearson

a representation of the rockery and trout stream in the 105-acre garden at chatsworth house | derbyshire, united kingdom

photo credits rhs/neil hepworth


the rockery | designed by sir joseph paxton | chatsworth house | derbyshire, united kingdom | 1842

photo credit chatsworth


the trout stream | designed by sir joseph paxton | chatsworth house | derbyshire, united kingdom | 1835

photo credit the telegraph

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A-Perfumers-Garden-in-Grasse-by-LOccitane-03_940x627A-Perfumers-Garden-in-Grasse-by-LOccitane-04_940x6272015 | gold medal winner | a perfumer’s garden in grasse by l’occitane | designed by james basson

inspired by the history of the provencal perfume industry in the world’s perfume capital, grasse, france

photo credits rhs/neil hepworth

chelsea 2015|morgan stanley healthy citis garden|daily ad 5 20 15


2015 | gold medal winner | the morgan stanley healthy cities garden | designed by chris beardshaw

designed to mark the morgan stanley global healthy cities initiative

photo credits rhs/sarah cuttle

chelsea 2015|homebase garden|adam frost|daily ad 5 20 15




2015 | gold medal winner | the homebase garden-urban retreat | designed by adam frost

inspired by modernist architect marcel breuer

photo credits rhs/neil hepworth

chelsea 2015|cloudy bay garden|vital earth|daily ad 5 20 15


2015 | gold medal winner | cloudy bay garden in association with vital earth | designed by harry rich and david rich

a reflection of the taste and character of cloudy bay winery’s new zealand sauvignon blanc and pinot noir

photo credits rhs/tim sandall


chelsea 2015|brewin dolphin garden|darren hawkes|daily ad 5 20 15




2015 | gold medal winner | the brewin dolphin garden | designed by darren hawkes

floating slate platforms, inspired by prehistoric dolmens and quoits, referencing sculptors james turrell and richard serra

photo credits rhs/neil hepworthchelsea 2015|telegraph garden|marcus barnett|daily ad 5 20 15


2015 | gold medal winner | the telegraph garden | designed by marcus barnett

inspired by the de stijl dutch artistic movement

photo credits rhs/neil hepworth

but, i was always most impressed by the plants displayed in the pavilions.


 2015 | gold medal winner | auriculas | w & s lockyer nursery

photo credit upi/landov/barcroft media

one of the many reasons that my husband, bob, and i love the capital hotel in london.

the domed staircase leading to our favorite deluxe rooms at the capital hotel | london, united kingdom

photo credit wego.com

not to mention the nina campbell designed interiors.  or, the convenient location in SW3 between harrod’s and harvey nicks.

but, it’s the friendly, helpful staff, including clive, the head concierge, graham, the deputy head concierge, or chris, the doorman, that make us want to return every time that we visit london.

do you have a favorite hotel in london?