Built by Nicholas Fouquet and owned by the de Vogüé family for five generations, this 17th-century Château nestled in the French countryside 50 minutes outside of Paris sits at the heart of a rectangular moat, surrounded by breathtaking French formal gardens. The harmonious blend of Louis Le Vaux’s magnificent Baroque architecture, artist Charles Le Brun’s imaginative decorations, and André Le Nôtre’s exquisite jardins à la française directly influenced frequent guest Louis XIV’s creation of Versailles.
To celebrate the anniversary the de Vogüé family planned a weekend of events including a lunch and private day out in Le Nôtre’s famous garden hosted by landscape designer Fernando Wong and La Comte Alexandre de Vogüé.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s designer Christian Louboutin, Wong was also asked to reimagine the Château’s famous vestibule for the annual gala.
Using inspiration from the Château’s spectacular gardens Wong covered the vestibule columns in Schumacher’s Chiang Mai fabric and the walls in blue and white Hampton stripe in a nod to the tent like follies at Château de Groussay. He also enlisted English artist David Harber to create a magnificent sculpture for the event inspired by Agapanthus plants. To top it off he returned the orange trees that were stolen by Louis XIV when he jailed his former friend Fouquet.
The installation debuted at a candlelit gala dinner hosted by La Comtesse Patrice de Vogüé, Marina Kellen French and Kulapat Yantrasast.