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on 26 September 2008
As a mere coffee table book Liaigre is adequate
However, for the dedicated design, decor, architecture and furniture enthusiast this follow up to HERBERT YPMA'S MAISON CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE is very dissapointing indeed.
Text -
After Herbert Ympa's detailed and extremely interesting page explanations and captions, the text in this new book is limited and uninspiring.
If you expect an explanation and understanding of CL's design philosphy; what he is trying to achieve with each project; how he goes about it and how his style is evolving then forget it. You won't get it here.
With few exceptions, all you get are pictures and pictures that in the main might represent interiors created by any one of several current designers.
Pictures -
As one might expect in a book of this price, the quality of the pictures are excellent. However, many of the illustrated scenes are boringly pedestrian and are no more than passing interest with a seeming lack of continuity
Adding insult to injury, for some reason scenes on one page have been duplicated on other pages which leaves the reader feeling short changed. Surely with large projects like these there is more to show the reader than exactly the same picture twice over and where are the HY style of small pictures per page that create reader interest, break up the book and generally add some energy and life to the book.
One cannot help but feel that all the production effort forn this book has gone into designing the covers, choosing the texture and weight of paper and ensuring the overall tome was 'weightly' As such the end product is a beautifully produced book but one that is best left on the coffe table.
For the serious student there is very little in the book that is inspirational or 'challenging' and if what is displayed is any indication then CL seems to have reached a design cross roads that shows he is battling and not althogether successfully between a style that can't make up it's mind if it is based on colour, texture form or function.
I write this as a dedicated Christian Liaigre fan
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