Bruno Lafourcade founded his architectural firm in 1977, having won the Prix National de Restauration for his renovation of a crumbling château in the Perigord region of Southwest France seven years earlier. He was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French minister of culture in 1989. Today, under the direction of his son Alexandre, the practice employs a team of 12 people working from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the South of France and specialising in 18th century-style historic restoration.

Like his father, Alexandre Lafourcade retains a tireless thirst for knowledge about 18th century building and decoration techniques. Along with landscape architect Dominique Lafourcade they restore each property to be in perfect harmony with its setting, such that a passer-by might think house and garden an integral part of the countryside since time immemorial.

For Alexandre Lafourcade, architecture is instinctive. He joined the team aged 15 and then worked for an architectural practice in Atlanta before returning to Provence where he put his evident talent for design to good use. Once on site, ideas to transform the house or building come tumbling to mind. He thinks intuitively about how the rooms should communicate, how spaces should flow, how colours should unify and how volumes and perspectives should be used to arrange a comfortable and harmonious interior.

The Lafourcade capacity to create noble residences that preserve the spirit of the original explain its renown for historic renovation in the Provençal region. Consequently, the company’s projects have grown in scale so that the average surface area involved is now between 800 and 5000 m2. However large the space being renovated, minute attention to architectural details remains a priority personally undertaken by Alexandre Lafourcade. In addition, he adds an understanding of client needs for the most up-to-date technologies and how to integrate them with discretion: air conditioning, ventilation, automation systems — whatever the requirement, the installation will leave the aesthetic of the home untouched.