On October 10, 2017, high-end interior designer Christopher Guy made a guest appearance to talk about his inspiration for his new gallery installation at the brand new Showroom @Furniture Row in Denver, Colorado. Guy, who was on his way to High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina for an event on October 14-16, decided to make a special stop in the Mile High City, his newest gallery location after Las Vegas, New York, High Point, and Hollywood.
“If she were here today, what would Coco Chanel’s home look like?” he asked the audience Tuesday evening.
Guy said that the “Mademoiselle” line is definitely inspired by the iconic, feminine French fashion designer, but that he also tries to incorporate some masculinity into his collection. According to his own definition of his work, Guy works to assert a clear objective across his products—“to make uniquely beautiful decorative furnishings that appeal to an international audience.
And that’s not hard for Guy, world-traveler that he is.
Living between London, Singapore, New York, and Los Angeles has clearly become inspiring in many ways and has taught Guy to translate his cultural experiences to represent the latest trends from around the globe. Elegance—in Guy’s words—is “an effortless form that is beyond beauty,” and Guy believes that people and places are at the core of his work.
With a large influence from French modernist designers of the 1930s, Guy’s designs are inspired by history. Using his Ovale Dining Chair as an example, Guy emphasized his work by naming the corseted waistlines from Gone with the Wind as the vision for the crisscrossed legs.
“With a dining chair, you tend to look at it from behind, not from the front. So I thought well, ‘Let me design it from the front. And I wanted the tight waistline,” Guy said.
Guy’s work also features up-to-date styles. During the event, Amy Foster, the lead buyer and official spokesperson for The Showroom, asked him where design was going next.
“I think the whole world is moving towards contemporary,” Christopher Guy said.
At his talk, Christopher Guy also signed his “Mademoiselle” catalogue for guests and personally autographed Le Bouquet Mosaic, a piece of art crafted using 17,000 pieces of glass for a customer. The local band Tin Brothers also performed a tasteful music selection while Three Tomatoes catered the event.
Overall, shoppers at The Showroom and fans got to witness a wonderful talk by one of the most renowned interior designers. You don’t get to see that every day!