It’s a Guy’s World

Time­less el­e­gance and lux­ury go hand-in-hand in mak­ing dash­ing in­te­ri­ors. Fur­ni­ture de­signer CHRISTO­PHER GUY talks about how to get the look right.

India Today - - HOME | COLUMN - The writer is founder and head de­signer, Christo­pher Guy, a lux­ury fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings brand avail­able in In­dia at Ace Mai­son ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre at Hy­att Re­gency, New Delhi.

Good de­sign is all about func­tion­al­ity, time­less­ness, cre­ativ­ity and de­sir­abil­ity. It is also about vis­ual bal­ance, and dec­o­ra­tive fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings cre­ated with an ever-last­ing el­e­gance. I be­lieve that lux­ury is the ic­ing on the cake of oth­er­wise util­i­tar­ian prod­ucts, some­thing we strive to have, rather than need for our daily sur­vival. Does one re­ally need a Rolls-Royce to get from point A to B? Does fine wine re­ally taste any bet­ter when sipped from a crys­tal glass? No, it is just a per­cep­tion and a re­in­force­ment to sig­nify your ar­rival.


I left school in Eng­land at the age of 16 and moved to the south of France, where I worked on my first project with my step­fa­ther, build­ing a home over a pe­riod of 18 months. This ig­nited the first sparks of pas­sion for de­sign in me. Liv­ing in such so­phis­ti­cated sur­round­ings had an im­pact on me, set­ting the foun­da­tion of my love for old Hol­ly­wood glam­our and French class. Trav­el­ling from an early age al­lowed me to ob­serve, and be ex­posed to, var­i­ous cul­tures which be­came an im­por­tant part of my de­sign phi­los­o­phy in the fu­ture. I have al­ways drawn on my world trav­els, ex­pe­ri­ences, sights and sounds to drive in­spi­ra­tion. Through sev­eral cul­tural nu­ances wit­nessed dur­ing th­ese jour­neys, I get a cre­ative li­cense

to in­ter­pret th­ese el­e­ments into our own lux­u­ri­ous con­tri­bu­tion to the brand’s fur­nish­ings. I be­lieve that in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion tran­scends tra­di­tion and an un­der­stand­ing of beauty is global, and recog­nis­able.


The com­pos­ite blend of con­tem­po­rary mood with clas­sic val­ues is my idea of ap­pro­pri­ate in­te­ri­ors. It stems out of see­ing a won­der­ful idea and con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of it as an in­dul­gent item. I am a per­fec­tion­ist and I am al­ways striv­ing to cre­ate the next best de­sign. The mak­ing of the Chris-X chair leg was de­vel­oped to im­prove and re­de­fine the pos­te­rior ap­pear­ance of a seat. As is the case with many of my de­signs, it was in­spired by the cur­va­ceous fem­i­nine form; the corseted waist­line of a lady from a by­gone era, and the tip­toe pose of a bal­le­rina. The idea was to cre­ate a chair that was sim­ple, grace­ful and flex­i­ble enough to work with a num­ber of style cat­e­gories. The only way to em­u­late this sen­su­ous yet pol­ished look was to re­con­fig­ure the rear legs, and so the chair was born.


Buy­ing a pair of high heels is straight­for­ward, how­ever, know­ing what dress, jew­ellery, hair­style and make-up to ac­com­pany th­ese is the chal­lenge ev­ery woman faces.

Like on an Os­car night, the same dress has of­ten been seen worn by two celebri­ties but with vary­ing ac­ces­sories and with dif­fer­ent vis­ual re­sults. The same is true of an in­te­rior—how to get a mix of fur­nish­ings that com­ple­ment each other. This was the agenda when I set out to cre­ate the Made­moi­selle Col­lec­tion, which to­day con­sists of some 500 de­signs. Re­cently, we have just launched the ex­panded Col­lec­tion, in­spired by the undis­puted style of Coco Chanel as if she were alive to­day com­mis­sion­ing her home.


One should not fill a room with too many beau­ti­ful pieces that fail to com­mu­ni­cate with each other. In an av­er­age space there is enough room for a sin­gle eye-catch­ing ob­ject, sur­rounded by other more sub­tle ones. When you see Madonna on stage, you don’t see her danc­ing with girls in the same colour dress, or beauty. In­stead they tend to be a lit­tle bland so as not to over­power the star. Sim­i­larly, a room can­not be filled with too many stars, as they will clash. When it comes to must-haves, I will sug­gest a room with­out an ex­cep­tion should have—a dec­o­ra­tive mir­ror ei­ther as a cen­tre­piece or as a func­tional look­ing glass, a sofa that feels as comfy as a bed and vice-versa, art­work and sculp­ture and a gor­geous rug.

Beau­ti­fully curved Dita sofa ( left); hand- carved Le Soleil mir­ror ( above)

For­tuny bed with re­strained tuft­ing and cur­va­ceous cabri­olestyled wing arms

A con­tem­po­rary liv­ing room set­ting which is a state­ment of sump­tu­ous lux­ury ( above); La Croisette chair with Guy’s sig­na­ture Chris- X legs ( be­low)

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