A perennial Palm Beach favorite, a visit to the Authentic Provence store is like taking a trip to France, via South Dixie Highway. With exceptional tables, urns, planters, and antique flooring, it’s an expansive resource for garden and entertaining enthusiasts. More than a showroom or store, however, Authentic Provence is a design destination that seeks to celebrate and imbue the local area with a European flair, through a series of treasure-filled rooms opening onto a beautiful “Secret Garden” that can be explored by private appointment.
The husband and wife duo behind Authentic Provence, Susan and Wolfgang Hofherr, hail from Europe; Wolfgang from Vienna and Susan from France. With a nuanced appreciation for Europe’s many design sensibilities, they recently introduced a new period furniture collection. Pieces range from an 18th century Scandinavian bureau to a pair of Art Deco fauteuils as well as mid-century nesting tables, and can be viewed in the recently opened showroom across the street from Authentic Provence’s main location.
Reflecting on their success and experience within the industry, Wolfgang says, “you can only learn this profession by having many pieces going through your hands,” which has been his situation for over 45 years, having worked for a well-known French auction house before opening Authentic Provence.
Susan, Wolfgang’s counterpart, provides an unmatched and discerning eye that was cultivated while she worked in Haute Couture for many years, prior to her foray in homewares. Another secret to their success? Together the couple speaks six languages, which has allowed them to nurture old and new international vendor and client relationships throughout the years. In 2016, the Hofherrs excitedly welcomed their daughter, Xenia, to the team, who, like her parents, credits her keen eye, European roots, and ability to speak multiple languages.
Susan says, “We are very passionate about what we do and get excited when we can find another extraordinary piece.” So where to next for the internationally minded family? They are continuing their regular travels to Italy, France, Belgium, and England to search for unusual pieces for the home and garden and look forward to introducing new flooring and period pieces to inspire and delight their audience back home.