It was on this project that the journey commenced. Employed to bring the medieval soul back to this edifice that had been transported stone by stone by the Architect Jacques Couelle in 1926 from Burgundy to Mougins in the south of France and then somewhat desecrated over the subsequent years.
Wrought iron in the true "ferro battuto" style, frescos and velvets were designed and painstakingly supervised to achieve an authentic and coherent result. With training in scenography this became a true "Exercise de style".
The idea behind the velvets evolved from the urge to diversify the fabrics used in each room, the desire to retain a mellow, aged ambiance along with a need to proportion the coverage of the pattern on the drapes in such a way so as to offset the low ceilings. All of these ingredients led to the development of this versatile technique. This also facilitated the production of smaller quantities of fabrics, avoiding the large minimum requirements of weavers in Lyon and Venice and eliminating the pristine and new aspect of fabrics that have just come off the loom. Such fabrics would not have fitted in with the ethos of the chateau and the SFB velvets were thus born of necessity and a desire for absolute authenticity.