About Francois Degueurce
Born and raised in France, Francois was in law school, and part of a student exchange program at the time he came to the USA for the first time. During that trip, Francois went to Louisiana to visit distant cousins and met Teresa. One year later, he decided to follow his heart, dropped out of law school and moved to Louisiana permanently. He and his wife have now been married for 27 years.
As a student, Francois had worked part time job for his mother in her antique furniture/interior design firm. Francois became very interested and even apprenticed in Dijon with a renowned antique furniture restorer. Building upon those skills, Francois soon had a thriving business in Shreveport, LA, selling and restoring antique furniture.
By 1986, this business had evolved into a company producing custom made furniture, mirrors and accessories distributed through designer showrooms. In 1996, Francois accepted a position with "John Richard Collection", and consecrated all of his time on designing rather than producing.
A self-taught designer, Francois worked for companies such as "Fine Art Lamps", "Kichler" (as senior designer), and "Corbett" (as VP of design). In 2002 Francois became a freelance designer with clients such as "Corbett", "Minka", " Savoy House", "Thomas lighting", "Stylicon", "Liberty Hardware", etc. in the Continental US, in addition to select Canadian and British clients. Since November 2006, Francois has designed exclusively for Uttermost.