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Lapping Up Lacoste, France!

October 7th, 2012 by Demystifying Design

Chateau Chic!

Extensively renovated by fashion designer Pierre Cardin, Lacoste, France's historic Chateau de Lacoste is infamous for being the home of the Marquis de Sade back in the late 1700s. The chateau sits high above the tiny village of Lacoste in Provence.

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A few weeks back when John and I were bopping about the Provence region of southern France we paid a visit to the tiny and wildly charming hill town of Lacoste. Lacoste is picture perfect, largely thanks to the ministrations of fashion designer Pierre Cardin who has renovated much of the town, including its fabled chateau, once home to the infamous Marquis de Sade.

Lacoste boasts stunning vistas that overlook the Grand Luberon Mountains and the equally quaint village of Bonnieux that perches across the valley. The town is all windy streets and artists’ studios: The town packs in the crowds in July during the annual festival that sees performances of world-class theater, opera, and music.

The highlight of our visit was the tour of the Chateau de Lacoste, the 18th-century home of the Marquis de Sade that has been largely renovated from ruins by Pierre Cardin. The chateau boasts Cardin’s furniture collection as well as arresting metal statues of animals scattered about the ramparts. John and I adored the furnishings, and the vistas were astonishing.

Here’s a little tour!

Don't Be Cagey!

A contemporary sculpture of the Marquis de Sade sits outside the chateau. Genius!

Sofa City!

John and I loved this novel grouping within the chateau that includes two elegant sofas and an Indian-styled armchair. There's nothing better than an eclectic, far-flung arrangement of furnishings, n'est-ce pas?

Sitting Pretty!

The Chateau de Lacoste features Pierre Cardin's eclectic furniture collection, including this terrific grouping. I especially liked the wood lampshades in this vignette.

What a Beast!

Amazing metal sculptures of animals dot the grounds of the Chateau de Lacoste. Pierre Cardin has helped transform the sleepy village of Lacoste into an arts mecca.

Love Amongst the Ruins!

The chateau, while largely renovated, still has its crumbling moments, including this stunning view onto the nearby valleys and mountains.

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