Liaigre is at his best when designing large rooms in which the sheer repetition of furniture drives his aesthetic home. Like most top designers, he mixes old and new, satisfying the current demand for eclecticism. But in his case the ratio of new — mostly Liaigre-designed pieces — to old tends to be ten to one, or higher. Liaigre is not trying to slip in gently, though there is a gentleness to his look, which depends on the deployment of elegant shapes and carefully chosen materials. “Beauty,” he writes, “inheres not in the triviality of abundance, but in delicacy, scarcity and restraint.” That’s true in his interiors, to be sure, and even though he also describes unrestrained Versailles as “the epitome of decorative perfection,” one of the most beautiful homes in the book is the one that is least like Versailles, and least like the typical Liaigre project. It is the designer’s own beach house on St. Barts, a relatively modest fisherman’s cottage that he has redone to perfection, but not to excess.