Editor’s Note: Christian Liaigre, the iconic French interior designer and entrepreneur, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, at the age of 77. ELLE Decor executive editor Ingrid Abramovitch interviewed Liaigre and wrote this feature about his St. Barts home for our December 2013 issue.
Every winter, they arrive by private seaplane or superyacht—boldface names, moguls, and models descending en masse on a tropical oasis that is one part Hamptons, one part Saint-Tropez. The Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy—or St. Barts, as this French territory is known among the jet set—has evolved into the ultimate holiday sandbox for the world’s rich and famous. But 30 years ago, when the Parisian interior and furniture designer Christian Liaigre began