While a famous quote has called out that clothes make the man, it's no doubt that a man's home serves as an extension of his manhood too. Just scan through some of cinema's most charismatic gents and you'll recall being wowed by their homes on screen. George Falconer's Los Angeles pad in A Single Man and Jay Gatsby's mansion in The Great Gatsby are two fine examples. Even American Psycho's Patrick Bateman — who, lets face it, wasn't much of a gent — has a killer apartment. Pun intended.
Even Mark Twain, speaker of said quote, believed in the importance of a well furnished home. His Hartford house, where he so diligently attempted to fix up, is now standing as a museum — a testament to the legacy he left behind.
While we all can't be the Mark Twains, Jay Gatsbys and George Falconers that pop culture has conditioned us to aspire to, we can commit to furnishing our homes with finesse. That commitment to attention and detail starts by looking towards someone like Christian Liaigre.
This French interior and furniture designer has been in the business since 1987, designing homes for clients like Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Francois Nars and Rupert Murdoch. Leaf through his recently released coffee table book, LIAIGRE Book III, for style notes. It details 12 projects featuring homes in London, Belgium, Malibu, Athens, Nantucket and Saint Moritz.
Inspired by nature and true craftsmanship, he favours materials such as woods weathered by the sea, and fine leathers in the tradition of saddle makers. In fact, Liaigre adopts the same leather stitching method used by Hermès.