the st. germain armchair – who else but by french designer Christian Liaigre

I’ve been salivating over Christian Liaigre’s terribly sophisticated St. Germain armchair for a while and I can finally now put my hand around it.  Is it weird to get so excited for a lounge chair?  I think not, having discovered his exquisite nuage tables awhile back!

Aptly named after the 6th arrondissement area of Paris frequented by the Giacomettis, this chair channels Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti (1902-1985) in a very modern way.  Not only is it exquisitely designed and beautifully crafted in bronze with a black patina finish and tightly upholstered in “gren granit” leather (also by Liaigre), but it continues the tradition of the minimalist designer of producing furniture with history and class that is both beautiful and practical.


Imagine a pair of them in a library, or sitting pretty across an art deco desk.  Or one in the corner of a modern bedroom or in a contemporary living space.  Or finally, just think of a pair alone as sculptural beauties sitting face-to-face across from each other with only a small oval ottoman covered in a zebra pelt between them, the room in a rich textured gray and the view of downtown. Oops, I just fell off my chair – I hate waking up!

richard rabel
richard rabel: interiors + art
interior design and art advising
new york city

image credits: courtesy of Christian Liaigre, France