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25 Iconic Christopher Guy Designs in Honor of Legend’s Passing
In August 2020 the design world lost legend Christopher Guy Harrison, undoubtedly one of the most influential furniture designers. A master at fusing classical and contemporary design to create his own distinctive style defined by elegance, Christopher leaves behind a truly iconic collection through his brand Christopher Guy.
Read on to learn more about Christopher Guy and discover some of our favorite iconic CG designs!
How It All Began
First inspired by the world of decorative style while growing up in the 1970s along the shoreline of the French Riviera, Christopher became fascinated with the elegance intrinsic to French design. A fascination which he turned into a legend over the course of his life.
After numerous early career ventures, in 1993, Christopher traveled to Java, Indonesia with his then-girlfriend and business partner, Marta Gil, where the two set up a small factory called Harrison & Gil. Initially renowned for its wide range of decorative mirrors, Harrison & Gil quickly expanded into upholstery.
Marta left Harrison & Gil in 1997 although the two stayed lifelong friends. Christopher stayed on in Indonesia and in 1999 set out to design and build a one million square foot factory and atelier in Java. He wanted to design a place in which it would be a pleasure to work. A serene and tranquil atmosphere to accommodate the carvers, woodcarvers, and specialist finishers that craft his designs.
The Christopher Guy Brand
In 2007, after growing the Harrison & Gil into a complete lifestyle and luxury furniture collection, Christopher rebranded the company as Christopher Guy. In the years since then, the brand took a place at the forefront of the world’s luxury furnishings market. And while Christopher’s unique eye and ability to create pure elegance will no longer be at the helm of the brand the timelessness of each of his designs will forever live on.
Hollywood loved Christopher Guy landing his pieces in many films and television shows, further adding to the brand’s iconic nature! Movies include top names such as The Hangover, Casino Royale, The Devil Wears Prada, Stardust, Sleuth, Ocean’s Thirteen, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Mummy, The Thomas Crown Affair, Charlie’s Angels, Rocket Man, and many others.
25 of Our Favorite Iconic Christopher Guy Designs
“An international lifestyle allowed Christopher to view the world through a critically constructive eye that drew inspiration from everything he admired, translating into design elements that form the bedrock of today’s CG vast collection. Above all else, Christopher’s unique work is characterized by elegance, which forms the DNA of each design and is central to the philosophy of the brand.”
LE PREMIER #1
Christopher Guy’s Signature “Chris-Cross” Leg
It was in Harrison & Gil’s first year of business in 1993 that Christopher’s most iconic silhouette, the “Chris-Cross” leg, was born. First debuted on the Eureka chair, like many of Christopher’s designs, the Chris-X leg was inspired by the feminine form (and of course one of the many reasons we LOVE CG!)—in this case, the corseted waist of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. Today the patented Chris-X leg can be seen throughout the collection and has come to be synonymous with the Christopher Guy name.
Words by Anna Beck Bimba All Images via Christopher Guy