Christopher Guy Harrison

Christopher Guy Harrison is a British luxury furniture designer. He is the founder and head designer of the international furnishings brand Christopher Guy.

A portrait of the British luxury furniture designer Christopher Guy Harrison.
A portrait of the British luxury furniture designer Christopher Guy Harrison.

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Harrison’s Formative Years and the Foundation of the Christopher Guy Luxury Brand

Christopher Guy Harrison was born in Britain on 3 September 1960 and raised in Spain and France. He drew on his international background to fuse design influences from around the world. In 1993, Christopher formed Harrison & Gil. The company then expanded by offering a complete lifestyle and luxury furniture collection in 2005 before re-launching under the brand name Christopher Guy.

In 1999, Christopher designed and built a one million square foot workshop complex in Java to accommodate the 1,400 carvers, woodcarvers and specialist finishers that craft his designs. Today, Christopher resides in London where he has his headquarters and travels around the world particularly to Java and Los Angeles.

Christopher Guy Harrison in one of his interiors.
Christopher Guy Harrison in one of his interiors.

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A Fascination for Elegance inspired by the French Riviera

The british luxury designer first became inspired by the world of decorative style while growing up in the 1970s along the shoreline of the French Riviera. Here Christopher became fascinated with the elegance intrinsic to French design, which he sees as “an effortless form that is beyond beauty”.

In the years since then, a singular vision and uncompromising sense of style, along with an ongoing pursuit for elegance in every piece he designs, have driven Christopher to continually redefine the aesthetics of design. The result is a place at the forefront of the world’s luxury furnishings market.

Eiffel Dining series by Christopher Guy Harrison.
Eiffel Dining series by Christopher Guy Harrison.

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The Company’s Production

Originally known for a wide range of decorative mirrors, the Christopher Guy brand grew into a collection of upholstery, chairs, dining tables, sofas, headboards and office furniture. In 2017, Christopher Guy partnered with rug manufacturer Nourison to create a new line of luxury area rugs. Christopher’s which includes the popular Chris-X (pronounced kris-krôs) leg design.

Logotype for the Harrison's firm Christopher Guy.
Logotype for the Harrison’s firm Christopher Guy.

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The Chris-X Leg Design

Christopher Guy furniture designs reflect a contemporary mood with classic values. It is the case of his Chris-X leg design, patented across the USA, China and Europe. This design is seen throughout his collections and was inspired by the corseted waistline of Scarlett O’hara in Gone with the Wind and the crossed legs of a ballerina. “My aim” Said Harrison “was to design a chair that was simple, sophisticated and flexible enough to work with a variety of style categories”.

The Chris-X leg design, patented across the USA, China and Europe.
The Chris-X leg design, patented across the USA, China and Europe.

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A Firm for Famous Sets and Prestigious Hotels

Christopher Guy furniture has appeared in Hollywood films including Ocean’s ThirteenCharlie’s Angels 2The Thomas Crown AffairThe Devil Wears Prada and Casino Royale, and is a regular in prestigious hotels and residences worldwide. Grew into a complete lifestyle and luxury furniture collection, all of the Christopher Guy designs are imbued with his  philosophy: “Regardless of whether the design piece leans towards modern or classic, above all else, it must be elegant in nature”.

The Georgian Restaurant, one of Christopher Guy Harrison's luxurious design.
The Georgian Restaurant, one of Christopher Guy Harrison’s luxurious design.

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A Celebration of the Company’s Achievements

The British Interior Design Association awarded Christopher Guy the Outstanding Design award in 2004. The World Market Center Las Vegas and Las Vegas Design Center recognized Christopher Guy as the 2011 Design Icon on 27 January 2011. The Design Icon award celebrates modern-day design legends and gives them a platform to share their stories and inspire others. Past Design Icon recipients include Juan Montoya, Vicente Wolf, Roger Thomas, Vladimir Kagan and Larry Laslo. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Otis College of Art and Design in May 2014.

 


Info sources: https://www.christopherguy.com/about.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Guy_Harrison
https://www.forbes.com/sites/yjeanmundelsalle/2015/07/25/designer-christopher-guy-harrison-redefines-beauty-with-the-georgian-at-harrods-in-london/#188fe1d8628c