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xO DesignCrossing the line and breaking boundaries with innovative and inventive furniture concepts for the modern era, XO Design is brought to you by renowned designers from Philippe Starck to Eugeni Quitllet. XO. An old cognac? "Kisses and hugs"? Shedding learned associations, look again. XO is simply a cross and circle. XO intends to break down the familiar and give it a fresh perspective. Simple, graphic - and yet unexpected. To quote Starck, "To make a beautiful baby, parents have to be in love". XO is definitely a love affair.
Born in 1958 in Montmorency, France, Christian Ghion received a law degree in Paris in 1982. He later studied at l'Ecole du Louvre and l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI), graduating in 1987.
The same year, he created, with his friend Patrick Nadeau, his own studio Ghion-Nadeau and, working on objects, furniture, set and interior design, he began to make a name for himself as a designer: in 1990, he was granted the "Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris" award.
Travels in Asia gave him a great interest in new forms and original materials, both raw and man-made, that he mixes in his designs, reworking archetypes of iconography and constructing his pieces on play with elementary volumes.
The various products that he designs always come with a twist, a play on the forms — no formalism in his work, but a light fantasy and seduction. The ability to create highly innovative product using ancient savoir-faire he showed in his collaboration with Murano glassblowers or the surprising reinterpretations of classic decoration accessories earned him a worldwide reputation and his pieces belong to the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, and many other collections across the globe.View other products by Christian Ghion