Ti­mothy Cor­ri­gan

Ti­mothy Cor­ri­gan was so in­spired by a move to Paris that he gave up a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in ad­ver­tis­ing to launch an in­te­rior de­sign firm that com­bines Euro­pean el­e­gance with Cal­i­for­nia com­fort. His for­mi­da­ble client list in­cludes roy­alty, Hol­ly­wood celebr

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IT was a move to Paris that sparked Ti­mothy Cor­ri­gan’s in­ter­est in in­te­rior de­sign. The man with a time­less phi­los­o­phy that “com­bines Euro­pean el­e­gance with Cal­i­for­nia com­fort” was so in­spired by liv­ing in the French cap­i­tal that he give up a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in ad­ver­tis­ing with Saatchi & Saatchi’s Bates World­wide’s in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions in or­der to launch his own de­sign firm. Since 1998, Cor­ri­gan has built a clien­tele of A-lis­ters.

“Af­ter spend­ing five years work­ing in ad­ver­tis­ing in New York City, my com­pany trans­ferred me to Paris to run their Euro­pean net­work. It was a to­tal life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he re­calls. “I was so over­come by the sheer beauty of ev­ery­thing in Paris and I was par­tic­u­larly struck by the way that cul­ture and the arts play an im­por­tant part in ev­ery­day life there. Be­fore too long, I be­come ad­dicted to the won­der­ful mu­se­ums in Paris, the Drouot auc­tion house and the in­cred­i­ble Paris flea mar­kets. My apart­ment was pub­lished in House

and Gar­den mag­a­zine and that was the be­gin­ning of my new ca­reer in de­sign.”

Cor­ri­gan has been hailed by Ar­chi­tec­tural Di­gest as “To­day’s Tastemaker”. He ap­pears reg­u­larly on tele­vi­sion and in pres­ti­gious publi­ca­tions such as The New York Times, Town & Coun­try, Van­ity Fair, Vogue and The Wall Street Jour­nal. Last Jan­uary,

“By mix­ing styles, pe­ri­ods, tex­tures and cul­tures into a sin­gle space, it can feel fresh and alive both to­day and for years to come”

he re­ceived the “De­sign Icon” award from the Las Ve­gas World Mar­ket & De­sign Cen­ter. Ad­di­tional ac­co­lades in­clude the “Star of De­sign Award” from the Pa­cific De­sign Cen­ter.

He was the first Amer­i­can de­signer to be hon­ored by French Her­itage for his restora­tion of sev­eral na­tional land­marks in France. His book An In­vi­ta­tion to Château du Grand-lucé is a lav­ishly il­lus­trated mono­graph that high­lights Cor­ri­gan’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy and brings to life the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of his work. Pub­lished by Riz­zoli, the vol­ume chron­i­cles an as­tound­ing restora­tion project he car­ried out on his 18th­cen­tury château in the Loire Val­ley.

“The restora­tion of Grand-lucé was one of the big­gest de­sign chal­lenges I have faced as an in­te­rior de­signer,” says Cor­ri­gan. “Be­cause it is an his­toric listed prop­erty, there were many re­stric­tions. I was forced to come up with cre­ative so­lu­tions. The process was very re­ward­ing, be­cause in the end I stretched my­self cre­atively while re­spect­ing the his­tory of the prop­erty and the coun­try.”

Other projects for Cor­ri­gan in­clude fab­rics, trims, fur­ni­ture and floor cov­er­ings for Schumacher and Pat­ter­son and Flynn & Martin, as well as two table­top col­lec­tions for Royal Li­mo­ges. His col­lec­tion of plumb­ing and door hard­ware for THG Paris, passe­menterie for Sa­muel & Sons, wall­pa­per for Fro­men­tal and fur­ni­ture for French her­itage com­pany Mois­son­nier will de­but this year and in 2018.

Cor­ri­gan has been fas­ci­nated by ar­chi­tec­ture for as long as he can re­mem­ber. “I was born in Min­nesota, in the heart­land of Amer­ica, and raised in Los An­ge­les. As a boy I was fas­ci­nated by ar­chi­tec­ture. I de­signed houses out of balsa wood and even cre­ated the land­scap­ing around them,” he re­calls. “I was lucky enough to have great ex­po­sure to the arts as a child. My mother took us to mu­se­ums, and I think that early ex­po­sure es­tab­lished my con­nec­tion with art and cul­ture.

“I had a long ca­reer in ad­ver­tis­ing, over­see­ing 6,000 em­ploy­ees and close to 200 of­fices around the world. Over time, I started to re­alise that I had be­come so re­moved from the cre­ative process that I could have been work­ing for a

clock­wise from left: TI­MOTHY COR­RI­GAN’S DIN­NING ROOM IN HIS LOS AN­GE­LES HOME THAT DOU­BLES AS LI­BRARY; TI­MOTHY COR­RI­GAN

IN HIS EN­TRY HALL, THEY PAINTED THE WALLS BLUE AND PAIRED AN 18TH CEN­TURY IR­ISH TA­BLE WITH A SAM FRAN­CIS PAINT­ING

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