»Le Domaine de Boisbuchet was first mentioned in documents dating from the the 16th century, it was long the largest country estate in the area, last in the possession of the Counts of Le Camus. In 1986, the furniture collector and culture manager Alexander von Vegesack purchased the estate, to bring it to new life for agricultural and cultural purposes.
Together with friends and Eastern European universities, the buildings were renovated and agricultural operations were reactivated. In 1996, the organisation CIRECA (Centre International de Recherche et d’Education Culturelle et Agricole) was founded, which has since put on a series of international workshops in the summer months on architecture and design themes. »
Up until French Revolution, a Medieval castle stood on the site of the current manor house. According to legend, it was connected by underground passageway to the Absac property on the other side of the Vienne River. Remnants of the tunnel are still evident today. »
Outside the historical point of view, Boisbuchet is also a huge playground for designers comming from accross the world to work with high level professionnals. The buildings are decorated by furniture from Vitra, and other items from Alexander von Vegesack great collections. The castle is sourounded by beautiful buildings from the last century, but also by unique installations designed by architects such as Simon Velez or the Campana Brothers. Le Domaine de Boisbuchet is, at the same time, a museum, a summer camp and a design laboratory.