Belgian landscaper François Goffinet’s work is based on the philosophy of a harmonious relationship between man and nature. The art of gardening is like making music—it can make your whole body vibrate through majestic harmonies. Now, Goffinet has designed a collection of garden furniture in response to the demand for elegant pieces, and he has also created a range of garden ornaments.
With such remarkable experience and a comprehensive approach to garden planning, Goffinet has established himself as one of the most reliable names in his field. And, judging by his passion and enthusiasm, his work is far from reaching its full bloom.
The Belgian landscaper was born in 1955 to a Belgian royal family. He studied landscaping and gardening at the Royal Horticultural Society in England. Having crossed paths with some of the most prominent names in the field such as Lester Collins, René Péchère and Lanning Roper, Goffinet worked under the mentorship of the reputable Russell Page, whom he succeeded as the landscape architect of the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at the PepsiCo World Headquarters in Purchase, New York.
For more than 25 years he has run François Goffinet Limited as an international landscape and garden-design firm. The firm has applied its expertise to designing, restoring, and managing parks and gardens. Creations by the firm have graced some of the most renowned properties in Europe and the US, from city gardens to parks covering hundreds of hectares.
With a client list that stretches from European aristocracy to global business titans, Goffinet brings about his vision and expertise in a timeless style to create oases of beauty around multimillion dollar residencies.
With offices in London and Belgium, François Goffinet’s legacy has kept on growing and expanding, covering both public and private projects all over the world. Among his renowned works are the Longleat park restoration belonging to the Marquess of Bath, the creation of the church of the Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton House, the restoration and rearrangement of gardens and parks at the Leeds Castle in Kent, and also the Henry Smith Charity’s Kensington Estate.
Goffinet offers a full range of services from the creation of a master plan to the execution and supervision of an annual management plan. Clients are provided with documentation that enables them to understand the proposals for installing their garden, particularly through colour plans and hand drawn perspective renderings, so that they may play an active role in the creative process.
(Text by Deta Unggul)