Destination: St. Barth's
This gallery sells art and antiques from Africa and Asia, including a mask from Mali, a Khmer statue from Cambodia and ninth-century tablets with writings from the Koran.
It’s doubtful the French designer would have a boutique on St. Barth’s if he didn’t happen to have a house here, but thankfully for island homeowners, he has both. In a traditional whitewashed cottage with a red peaked roof right on the harbor, the minimalist master displays his contemporary furniture and objets. Guests who fall in love with the spare beauty of Le Sereno hotel, whose interiors Liaigre did two years ago, come here to order similar pieces for their own homes. The clean, cool lines seem particularly well suited to an elegant tropical life.
French linens and dishes perfect for eating alfresco at your villa or aboard a yacht.
For those who like to be surrounded by nautical objects, this housewares store just up from the harbor stocks furniture and objects related to the sea, from mounted swordfish to mahogany captain’s chairs.
Dominic Cellerier’s housewares emporium, down the street from Christian Liaigre’s shop, offers traditional teak furniture from Asia, along with coconut bowls and frames and carved wooden bowls and silk pillows, perfect for furnishing a villa or buying a house present for a friend whose villa you are visiting.
The House feels a bit like the house of a friend who spent a long time in Asia. Buddhas and Chinese armoires set the tone, but then Warholesque silk screens and mini Buddhas in electric colors that seem to say a flower child entered the scene and brought a psychedelic sensibility into the equation. Whatever the explanation, it’s an eclectic store that is fun to browse. There are baby shirts with slogans like “It’s a beautiful day” in groovy lettering, shelves of votive holders in plenty of colors, giant throw pillows and stacks of ikat bed covers. Few leave without something. Tip: the colonial furniture and teak dining sets can now be shipped all over the world. Open Monday-Saturday 10 A.M.–8 P.M.
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