Christopher Guy Harrison, award-winning internationally renowned designer, is the founder and CEO of luxury furnishings brand, Christopher Guy. Born in Britain, raised in Spain and France, now residing in Singapore, Christopher’s international background helps him view the world through a critically constructive eye that draws in inspiration from everything he admires and transcends this into his designs.
When he decided to create the world’s finest designer furnishings, Christopher started with a clear objective – to make uniquely beautiful decorative furnishings that appeal to an international audience. Based on this design philosophy, Christopher Guy furnishings fuse a timeless beauty, elegance evocative of a cosmopolitan lifestyle, appealing to sophisticated and discerning audience across the globe.
From an early age, Christopher was fascinated with elegance, which according to him is “a form of beauty topped with icing”. It was at the tender age of 16, when he worked with his stepfather to embark on their first building project – their very own home in the South of France, which ignited the sparks of passion for design, with his stepfather as a key source of inspiration.
Christopher’s first creations were brought to life in the mid 90s when he set out to create the world’s most fabulous and largest mirror frame collection under the name of Harrison & Gil. To produce this repertoire of beautiful pieces, Christopher purchased a parcel of land in Central Java, Indonesia and began designing and building his workshops in 1999.
Following the phenomenal success of the mirror frame business, the core philosophy of creating beautiful, original mirror designs was carried through to a growing range of luxury furnishings and accessories collections. In 2006, the company, which comprised of both the original mirror frame line and new furnishings range, was renamed Christopher Guy to offer a complete lifestyle and luxury furniture collection.
The Christopher Guy workshop in Central Java today covers one million square feet of land built amidst lush Javanese forest. Those who first set eyes on the site will believe it to be a vast centuries-old Spanish monastery, but this extraordinary structure was designed and built to reflect the sense of mystique and drama prevalent in the brand’s collection. More astonishingly, behind these imposing facades lays a state-of-the-art manufacturing base that is the workplace to 1400 of the world’s finest craftsmen.
A newly designed gallery presentation of Christopher Guy’s designs at Harrods in London was launched in June and attended by the “who’s who” of Harrods privileged clientele in a series of presentations and events. A state-of-the-art global flagship showroom that will be a model for showrooms around the world is under construction in one of Singapore’s prestigious locations overlooking the city-state’s majestic and inspiring skyline. The new 1,000 square meter showroom will serve as the model for Christopher Guy’s mono-branded showrooms across the globe.
Well-known for fusing classicism with modernism in his designs, Christopher Guy’s style can be described as “contemporary with classical values”. Above all else, Christopher Guy’s unique designs are characterised by elegance. Elegance is the DNA in each of his design pieces and is the core design philosophy of Christopher Guy.
“Regardless of whether the design piece leans towards modern or classic, above all else, it must be elegant in nature” Christopher said.
Christopher Guy’s signature design includes the patented Chris-X (pronounced kris-krôs) leg design. His Chris-X leg design is patented across the USA, China and Europe. This signature design is seen throughout his collections and was inspired by the waist-line of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. Other signature pieces include the elegant ‘Silk-Slice’ collection that now carries on to dining tables and upholstery pieces; the luxurious ‘Canopy’ collection, which features a unique high-back overarching shelter design with exquisitely carved mahogany detailing and the ‘Bird’s Nest’ collection of spectacular headboard pieces that are beautifully handcrafted in a flamboyant convex of carved wood and velvet. Despite creating exceptional pieces with distinct qualities, Christopher Guy designs are made with comfort in mind which is evident in each of his pieces.
A singular vision and uncompromising sense of style and pursuit of elegance in each and every piece he designs have driven Christopher to continually redefine the aesthetics of design. The result is a placeat the forefront of the world’s luxury furnishings market.
Global Presence – Transcending Boundaries
With presence in 39 cities around the world including showrooms throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Christopher Guy offers a fresh approach to design, transcending modern, traditional and cultural boundaries. Christopher Guy creations are selected by leading designers and retailers, from the world’s grandest hotels and stores, spectacular casinos, the finest residences from Beverly Hills, to the French Riviera. Its stylish appeal and often elaborate aesthetics has led to cameo roles in many Hollywood productions.
Whether as statement pieces in grand hotels or Hollywood film sets, Christopher Guy’s timeless and elegant designs are widely regarded as “the world’s most fabulous decorative furnishings”.
Wynn Resorts, The Bellagio and The Venetian in Las Vegas, Hilton worldwide, Hyatt worldwide, Four Seasons worldwide, Radisson Edwardian Group, San Clemente Palace Venice, Sandy Lane Barbados, The Lanesborough London, Grosvenor House Hotel London, The Dylan Dublin, G Hotel Galway and 10 Manchester Street London, The Savoy London, Sands Casino Las Vegas, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, The Dorchester London, Ritz-Carlton Worldwide, The Oriental Hotel Singapore, Marriott Worldwide, Phoenix Resort China (2010).
Stardust, Sleuth, The Thomas Crown Affair, Room 1408, 007 – Casino Royale, 007 – Tomorrow Never Dies, Ocean’s 13, The Devil Wears Prada, The Mummy, Charlie’s Angels 2, The Hangover, Shanghai Knights.
1993: Christopher Guy founded Harrison & Gil.
1994: Christopher Guy sold his first mirror frame at Harrods, London.
1998: Relocated to Indonesia and began building his factory.
2004: Received the Outstanding Design award by British Interior Design Association.
2005: Christopher Guy started its headquarters and corporate office in Singapore.
2006: Harrison & Gil renamed Christopher Guy.
2009: In October 2009, Christopher Guy opened its 2,400 sq ft USA Flagship Design Lounge in Beverly Hills. 2010: Certificate of Excellence awarded by HA+D for the loose furniture category
2011: Awarded the 2011 Design Icon by the World Market Center and Las Vegas Design Center.
2011: Christopher Guy launched its 3,000 sq ft showroom space at Harrods in June.
2012: A state-of-the-art global flagship showroom is under construction in Singapore.
2012: Christopher Guy celebrates opening of new flagship showroom in West Hollywood.
2012: Christopher Guy new showroom is under construction in New York City.