Guy with a fairytale


Christopher Guy’s furniture creations exist in a fantasy world.

Take the case of the Alice in Wonderland–inspired chair, which he designed a couple of years ago which turned out to be a best-seller.
That imaginative chair recently served as inspiration for the 50-year-old British-born Singapore-based designer’s newest furnishings collection, a 70-piece line bearing flourishes one might expect to find in a fairy tale. Each of the pieces in the series has a storybook-like quality, whether it is a svelte chair with a regally high back or a white lacquer cocktail table with fanciful baroque carvings on its legs and base.

Among Guy’s other famous furniture inventions are the Chris-X chair featuring the crisscross back legs (a trademark). He designed legs of a different kind for the new line’s $7,995 bar cabinet: Four spindly looking supports grace the refined mahogany piece, which is hand-gouged with indentations that are then glazed with glue, filled with granules of sand, and covered in gold leaf, creating a marbleized effect. Other standouts include a 10-foot-long satin sofa with a high scoop back and lacquered mahogany arms and legs.

In addition to introducing the nearly six dozen pieces to his portfolio of more than 3,000 designs—all of which are customizable in various sizes, finishes, and fabrics—the prolific designer opened a new showroom in Chicago and introduced a series of beds with elaborate headboards. One of the headboards was inspired by the sea coral surrounding the Indonesian island of Java, where Guy’s factory employs more than 1,400 carvers and craftspeople. Carved from mahogany and either swathed in gold leaf or treated in a finish of the client’s choice, the headboard (starting at $7,712) rests on a mahogany base (sold separately for $6,292) with turned legs.