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
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