Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Christian Liaigre's Timeless Style

I had two memorable encounters with the work of Christian Liaigre while in New York for their International Contemporary Furniture Fair a couple of weeks ago. Widely recognised and admired for his interior and product design, Liaigre is making a splash in the Big Apple.

While dining at Buddakan in the trendy transitional Meatpackers district, I couldn't resist enquiring as to who created their show-stopping interior.  None other than Monsiuer Liagre.  You can't help but be wowed by its fusion of traditional Asian symbols and architectural influences into this modern setting.
From the minute you step into the hotel lobby style reception, you know you are somewhere different.  Subdued lighting in the bar area you first encounter accentuates the mystery and creates ambiance leading to the dining rooms.  The centerpiece is the subterranean banquet hall with its long table (seats thirty) within a two story atrium (that was formerly the production hall for the Nabisco Biscuit Company) with grandiose chandeliers adding to the drama.
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You enter this area via grand dual staircases that give you the feeling that the whole world is observing your entrance.  Boldly coloured latticed shaped screens emphasis the Asian heritage of his design dividing the floors without diminishing your awareness of the entire space.
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For those dining incognito, there is always the library.  Walled with illuminated gold-gilded faux books, this private dining room is equally dramatic.  As an added feature, if you need to exit without recognition, the library has a secret door - remember to pay your bill first!
If you're in lower Manhattan, Buddakan is well worth a visit.  The cuisine is fresh modern fusion Asian and won't max out your plastic.  Buddakan is not new.  It was opened in 2006.  Thanks to the master touch of Christian Liagre, it is very hip and trendy seven years on.
I also had the pleasure to meet the Christian Liagre team at their Manhattan showroom - a stone's throw from Fifth Avenue in the Upper Eastside.  They introduced me to the latest designs in their collection typical of Liagre's understated timeless style.  Clearly the New Yorkers are embracing this style as Christian Liagre is establishing a Manhattan based design studio later this year.

While dining at Buddakan in the trendy transitional Meatpackers district, I couldn't resist enquiring as to who created their show-stopping interior.  It was none other than Christian Liaigre.  You can't help but be wowed by the Asia meets Paris meets New York design.  His fusion of traditional Asian symbols and architectural influences into this concrete industrial setting is truly original.

From the minute you step into the hotel lobby style reception, you know you are somewhere totally unique.  Subdued lighting in the bar area you first encounter accentuates the mystery and creates ambience leading to the dining rooms.  The centerpiece is the subterranean banquet hall with its long table (seats thirty) which sits beneath outrageously high vaulted ceilings (that formerly housed the production hall for the Nabisco Biscuit Company).  Grandiose chandeliers add to the drama.

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You access this area via grand dual staircases that give you the feeling the whole world is appreciating your entrance.  Boldly coloured latticed shaped screens emphasise the Asian heritage of his design dividing the floors without diminishing your awareness of the entire space.

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Surrounding both levels are intimate dining areas amongst the cloisters.  Each has its own distinctive vibe - remaining grounded in Asian heritage whilst embellished by Liaigre's French flair.  Beautiful floor lamps, entrance arches, accent colours and striking red vases give these rooms a romantic and mysterious feeling.  The elements have been carefully selected to bridge the gap between ancient tradition and modern style.

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For those dining incognito, there is always the library.  Walled with illuminated gold-gilded faux books, this private dining room is equally dramatic.  As an added feature, if you need to exit without recognition, the library has a secret door - remember to pay your bill first!

library

If you're in lower Manhattan, Buddakan is well worth a visit.  The cuisine is fresh modern fusion Asian style and won't max out your plastic.  Opened in 2006, Buddakan is not new.   Thanks to the master touch of Christian Liaigre, it is very hip and trendy seven years on with a lengthy wait for tables.

Aside from our impactful experience at Buddakan, I also had the pleasure of meeting the Christian Liaigre team at their Manhattan showroom - a stone's throw from Fifth Avenue in the Upper Eastside.

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They introduced me to the latest designs in their collection - typical of Liaigre's understated timeless style.  Clearly the New Yorkers are embracing this style as Christian Liaigre is establishing a Manhattan based design studio there later this year.

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