A Designer’s Mark Spotlight feature on Christopher Guy, the iconic designer of luxury custom furniture, decorative mirrors, and decor. From custom collections to well-appointed residences and Hollywood set design, Christopher Guy (CG) has become a leader in blending classicism with modernism in celebration of the fabulous lifestyle.
Born in England in 1960, Christopher Guy Harrison grew up in Spain and France. From a young age he was inspired by the aesthetic beauty of French and Spanish design, the influence of which can be seen in his collections. He has the eye of a classic modern romantic, drawing inspiration from the Belle Époque, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco periods.
Established in 1993 under the Harrison-Gil label, which became known for its sought-after decorative mirrors, the company expanded and changed its name to Christopher Guy (CG) in 2005. Today CG manufacturing is based in Java, Indonesia, with its operational headquarters in London and flagship design house based in Beverly Hills, CA.
Within the last ten years there has been a shift in trends to classic modern contemporary. An appreciation remains for the clean, minimal lines of mid-century modern Dutch and American design periods. Art Deco is an example with its enduring appeal in Miami Beach style.
The Romantic period is considered to be between 1800 and 1890, overlapping with the Belle Époque period of France (1871-1914). A reaction to the Industrial Revolution, romanticism was defined by enlightened thinking, individualism, and lush beauty. An example of the theme and color space of romanticism can be seen in Flaming June (1895) by Frederic Leighton.
The CG seating collection offers a range of lounge and dining chairs, sofas, and settees. We begin with the classic Rosier made with the patented Chris-Cross (also known as Chris-X) leg design at the back. The Rosier is offered as a lounge or high-back seat for dining. It is customizable in fabric and finish and measures 28w x 25d x 31h.
The Art Deco inspired Seurat line is a modern luxury twist of the lounge seat, standard, and sectional sofa. The sectional is available in various size format configurations and can be constructed left or right.
The Hepburn takes its name from the legendary Katherine. Inspired by her iconic style and Art Deco period elegance, the Hepburn is a U-shaped sectional of carved wood frame and deep square cushioning. Offered in five formats with customizable upholstery and finish.
The Dita line of bed frames and settees are inspired by the iconic vintage glamour of its namesake, the burlesque performer Dita Von Teese. The plush velvet upholstery is available in dark red velvet or pink champagne. The Dita settees are offered in 91w x 37d x 39h and 110w x 37d x 39h formats.
A bestseller in the loveseat category is the CG Swirl Gauche (left in French) and Swirl Droite (right). A curvaceous asymmetrical loveseat with left or right slant, the signature Chris-Cross legs, and a hand-carved crown swirl at the back. Swirl Gauche and Swirl Droite are offered in four size formats and a variety of customizable upholstery and finishes.
CG established itself as a master maker of exquisite decorative mirrors. The bestselling Camilla was inspired by Camilla Parker Bowles’ chapeau worn on her wedding day. Convex glass is set inside a hand-carved wood frame of spiraling feathers and finished in 20th-century silver leaf. Available in three size formats.
For the modern minimalist, CG offers the modular BarCode, which can be installed at different heights and widths according to the user’s imagination and desired scale. BarCode has been successful in hotel and restaurant installations. Available in customizable formats by adding additional geometric mirrors; offered in Bronzage or Renaissance Gold Leaf edging.
CG is known for its luxury interior commissions at The Venetian and Bellagio Las Vegas, the St. Clemente Palace, Venice, and the Georgian Restaurant & Tea Room at Harrods, London. Completed in 2014, the Georgian’s decorative molding and filigree skylight of the main dining room were restored by English Heritage. CG added velvet banquettes and Chris-Cross mahogany dining chairs to the timelessly chic renovation. CG global projects also include luxury hotels and residences at The Belmonte in Lagos, Nigeria, China, and Abu Dhabi.
CG has also expanded into the realm of set design. You can see CG set pieces in The Devil Wears Prada and Casino Royale (both from 2006) and most recently Cold Pursuit in 2019.
Designer’s Mark offers the complete line of Christopher Guy’s unique approach to timeless modern luxury. Residential and commercial projects are welcome. As we slowly emerge back to our lives, please contact us to schedule a consultation and viewing at our Boca Raton showroom. C’est la vie!