Stone is not a single material, but many. The process of dressing and shaping stone begins with careful visual assessment to understand each stone, read its character and visualise the best location for it. But this process must never compromise the original structure in a restoration project. From the initial roughing out stage right through to final finishing, the stone mason’s art is always a dialogue between man and material. The work is physical, and yet delicate, combining design, strength and subtlety. Aurige stone masons excel in this hand-to-hand challenge of taming the raw material. Traditional general masonry is also celebrated here. From floors to arches, battlements, decorative work, stairs and fireplaces, our masons and stone carvers work with ancient and contemporary materials. They also combine and recombine techniques to restore, build and enhance.
Working with wood demands age-old manual skills and real expertise in the latest innovative technologies. The qualified craftsmen joiners of Aurige live and breathe wood and understand precisely how it can be worked into traditional forms, as well as into the most adventurous designs. From structural framing to internal walls, formwork, studwork, roofs, windows, window frames and shutters, staircases, panelling, parquet floors, planked floors and doors, they have the ability to craft whatever you request. Highly qualified and specialising in work on private projects, they have the ability to balance tradition, aesthetics and best practice with constraints specific to your projects.
For 150 years, the studio of Duval et Mauler has been applying its expertise to return outstanding interiors to their rightful style and splendour. Its highly experienced and qualified painters work with the greatest of today’s interior decorators and designers. Its unique body of expertise passed down through generations of painters is now applied to high-status decorative projects to create exclusive interiors that use colour, structured materials, gold leaf and many other finishes to create any look from neoclassical to contemporary!
Sculptors, plasterers, ornamentalists, renderers, moulders, gilders and mosaic artists... our craftsmen cover every technique and apply their talents to every type of material, from stone and marble to metal, gypsum plaster, decorative plaster mouldings and stucco render. With passion, technical expertise and artistry, they are equally expert in restoring period or contemporary buildings and rooms. They reproduce and create uniquely perfect pieces. Our Atelier Tollis craftsmen set the gold standard for the restoration of interior artistic decoration. Technicians, they are also artists and creators.
Diagnostic analysis of structures and defects, restoration project planning and execution, project management, implementation studies, project owner support, implementation of innovative solutions... Aurige understands how to meet the needs of its clients and support them at every stage of the project design process. Aurige has its own structural and materials design facilities led and managed by talented consulting engineers. These engineers apply their knowledge of materials and architectural heritage to provide accurate diagnostic analyses and propose advanced solutions to restore, repair or consolidate unique historic monuments using techniques that comply with today’s European standards.
Underpinning, deep foundations, post-and-beam, transfer beam... Techniques like this are all in a day’s work when restoring heritage buildings, whether from the days of the Roman occupation, the Middle Ages or the 21st century.
Techniques such as realkalisation, building skin restoration using period aggregates, technical shuttering to create an architectonic look, and carbon fibre structural reinforcement enable Aurige and its restoration subsidiary company to rehabilitate concrete in all its forms, whether historic or modern, structural or decorative using a combination of the most ambitious, innovative and specialist techniques.
Dynamism, enterprise, innovation, skill and team spirit are the key qualities of our employees, whether directors, engineers, site managers, skilled craftsmen, designers or laboratory staff, all of which are applied every day throughout the Group to deliver the best-possible outcomes for the most complex and most sensitive renovations and major restoration projects.
The Philharmonie de Paris, Hôtel Royal Monceau, Eiffel Tower, Château de Pierrefonds, Musée du Louvre... All of these outstanding buildings have interiors by Ateliers Sodifra Agencement. We work closely with some of today’s greatest names in architecture, including Philippe Starck, Jean Nouvel and Christian de Portzamparc, as well as leading property developers to whom we offer luxury furniture and interiors production and fitting services. Ateliers Sodifra Agencement operates not only in architecture and interior design, but also in the kitchens, bathrooms, medical and marine markets. With its own design office, creative workshop and production site, the company works with a huge variety of materials, including solid woods, polished veneers, laminates and synthetic resins to create unique interiors.
Consultancy, management and operation of heritage and cultural sites, as well as tourism communication and promotion… As the specialist in promoting heritage and tourism, ALFRAN offers expert services in three crucial areas: site management (tour option design, visitor reception, promotion, historic reconstruction, marketing, maintenance and cleaning), owner consultancy and tourism communication (exclusive brochure distribution network, posters, publishing and advertising agency). For more than ten years, ALFRAN has contributed to the development of more than a hundred tourism destinations, including high-profile monuments, heritage sites and leisure parks, alongside local authorities and private owners.