10 Things Designer Timothy Corrigan Loves

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Corrigan’s classical tastes walk hand-in-hand with antique treasure hunting, with two of his dearest fids being a massive 1940s table by Jean-Charles Moreaux in his French chateau, and a c. 1975 mahogany cabinet depicting, in porcelain, 32 great Greek gods and philosophers, in his Los Angeles study.

Corrigan loves jetting off to Paris for inspiration.

Though Corrigan boasts a diverse art aesthetic, classical artist John Singer Sargent currently takes the spotlight.

A furniture fave is the simple Saltworks chair he designed for Schumacher, along with the icy “Cap Ferrat” fabric he used to drape the walls of his Paris bedroom.

At home, the designer loves to entertain with his Timothy Corrigan Star Collection for Royal Limoges.

He loves the French countryside, where his soul-soothing home, the Château du Grand-Lucé, awaits.

Going out may mean seeing a play — Barry Lyndon is a love for its beautiful set design,

Corrigan’s classical tastes walk hand-in-hand with antique treasure hunting, with two of his dearest fids being a massive 1940s table by Jean-Charles Moreaux in his French chateau, and a c. 1975 mahogany cabinet depicting, in porcelain, 32 great Greek gods and philosophers, in his Los Angeles study.

At home, the designer loves to kick back with a book: “My favorite is George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch about maintaining one’s humanity in the face of an increasingly technological world,”.

A furniture fave is the simple Saltworks chair he designed for Schumacher, along with the icy “Cap Ferrat” fabric he used to drape the walls of his Paris bedroom.

Timothy Corrigan’s interior design philosophy is elegant in its simplicity: surround yourself with beauty that can be cherished and appreciated every single day.

“What’s the point of having a beautiful room if you don’t use it on a regular basis because, despite its beauty, it doesn’t fit the way you live?” he asks. “We all respond to visual clues throughout the day without necessarily realizing it. So any time you stop to appreciate something — a piece of art, a beautiful fabric, a flower arrangement — you are in essence practicing gratitude. That is what art has the ability to do, and how I strive to live each day.”

It’s a philosophy that’s brought Mr. Corrigan global acclaim to be one of the world’s premier tastemakers. As founder of Timothy Corrigan Inc., he’s the first American designer honored by the French Heritage Society for his restoration work of landmark buildings in France, and one of only nine designers named on Architectural Digest’s international list of top 100 architects/designers for nine consecutive years.

Art, he stresses, also needs to be fluid to be fully appreciated. “Don’t ever feel you have to keep everything in the same place forever. We actually stop “seeing” an object when it stays in the same place too long, so moving your pieces around means you’ll actually enjoy them more.”

Corrigan’s classical tastes walk hand-in-hand with antique treasure hunting, go inside some his favorite things to get a sense for what inspires one of the world’s top designers. 

 

Text by Susan M Boyce