Liaigre has long been synonymous with pared back luxury and interiors furnished with strong, solid furniture in rich dark woods adorned by beautifully crafted objects full of texture. Liaigre Creation is a new book documenting several of their latest projects, we caught up with creative director Frauke Meyer to find out more about the new publication.
Tell us about the new book...
Frauke Meyer: Liaigre Creation presents the highlights of Studio Liaigre’s creativity during the past five years, in a detailed and generous way. We have selected five projects, each with their own individuality. I chose them for the beautiful imagery and to showcase the inspiration and moodboards that lead to their creation and conception.
Liaigre Creation lifts the curtain on our creative process and invites readers inside our studio with an entire section dedicated to showing the Paris team at work. I wanted it to look more like a notebook than a coffee table book: prioritising a personal approach which makes a precious object, less finished and stiff than other design tomes.
What defines the Liaigre style?
FM: Elegance and simplicity of forms: contemporary interiors delivered through natural materials, a deep love of craft skills, a distinctive eye for details and proportions and an absence of anything superfluous. Although the same founding aspects keep their relevance four decades since the creation of the Maison, each project is bespoke to each client. The Liaigre aesthetic has to be rethought for each new project.
Which projects stand out for you?
FM: The Munich townhouse and the Swiss chalet in St. Moritz. The two properties belong to the same family: an extravagant client with impeccable taste. They chose Liaigre not only for the luxurious simplicity that is characteristic of the Maison, but for the studio’s ability to make each project unique with custom designed pieces.
What are the most common requests from your residential clients?
FM: They all share a desire for unique and custom made interiors, fitting perfectly each of our clients’ lifestyles. What always stands out is a quest for wellbeing too.
What are the common challenges in projects?
FM: Simple chairs are probably one of the most challenging furniture pieces to design. In terms of spaces, bathrooms are always difficult to conceive: to create comfort and meet requests for specific types of storage, to hide plugs and to create a light design which has to be both efficient and flattering. There are many opposing constraints, but with one common goal: to keep it beautiful, but simple.
Tell us about any new craftspeople or artists you have discovered recently?
FM: We are currently leading research on vegan leather to offer a sustainable alternative which looks and feels even more beautiful and comfortable than traditional leather. Liaigre showrooms are a meeting place for artists, collectors and private customers. Art is in dialogue with our furniture and objects, and offers a new interpretation of an interior at each installation.
In the same spirit, we develop privileged relationships with modern and contemporary art galleries, through a selection of works hung and installed in our showrooms and interiors projects. My latest obsession are Henry Hudson’s art pieces, recently exhibited at our London showroom and featured in ELLE Decoration: a British artist who uses plasticine to create captivating colourful paintings.
How has lockdown affected you?
FM: This is a time for questioning a lot of things. Thinking about our future and how to behave more thoughtfully, taking better care of ourselves, and better care of our planet for our children and the generations to come.
How do you think the design industry might change for the better?
FM: Our philosophy at Liaigre is already suited to now and the future. We focus on quality over quantity. Everything we do is based on a belief in the virtue of rarity. Individuals, comfort, wellbeing and happiness are at the core of our practice, whether we’re designing a space or a furniture piece.
We don’t keep any pieces in stock; we produce them exclusively through a confidential network of craftsmen and workshops which whom the Maison has been working with for decades, and on customers’ requests: nothing ever goes to waste at Liaigre.
We work solely with natural resources, only taking from nature what we need and nothing more, ensuring the wood we use is from trees at the end of their lifecycle. Wood is a core material for us, we love to use it both for cabinet making and for wall panelling. More importantly, it is a question of philosophy: Liaigre exists for an audience with the same mindset as our Maison.
What’s on the drawing board right now?
FM: The Liaigre furniture and lighting collection always originates from pieces designed for our interior architecture projects. At the moment, my team and I are working on the 2021 collection which will be available in our 30 showrooms around the world.
In terms of interior design projects, we are currently working on approximately 20 projects, which include private residential projects in Asia, a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, a New York penthouse in a small building in Greenwich village with David Chipperfield as the architect, and three yachts. Liaigre.com
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