LAURENT GOUON IS THE OWNER and founder of Lolo French Antiques et More. Lolo, as he is affectionately known, has the French sense of joie de vivre. He puts the joy of living into every aspect of his life, whether furniture, food, family or folly.
Lolo attended a French culinary school in his early teens, but wanderlust found him in the United States by the age of seventeen. While working as a carpenter on a sailboat, he realized his passion for working with his hands. He chartered his own boat through the Caribbean, entertaining vacationers with his storytelling and cooking abilities. Eventually he landed back in the South, working as Chef in a Miami hotspot and having adventures of the urban/celebrity kind.
It was his late father, Maurice, who proposed the idea of importing European antiques to the United States. With his father’s help and guidance, Lolo embarked on his current career and has now been buying and importing antiques for more than 20 years. Finding extraordinary pieces has become Lolo’s passion. He travels and buys from all over France, searching through markets and fairs, manors and chateaus, dimly lit warehouses and backstreet alleys lined with family owned shops, for one-of-a-kind finds for the home.
Once the treasure trove of stately antiques, quaint and rare objets d’art and flea market brocante has arrived from our warehouse in France, Lolo begins the process of restoring each piece with great care and attention to detail; ensuring they are perfectly ready to be placed into one’s home, office or retail stores. His talent and expertise in fine furniture REPAIR, RESTORATION and REFINISHING distinguish him from other antique dealers in the Birmingham area.