Xavier Fabré works as an architect and teaches architecture. Among other projects, he has collaborated in the project of rebuilding the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, by designing its furniture.
In 1988, Xavier Fabré graduated in architecture in Barcelona. During his studies, from 1985 to 1988, he worked in several studios, publications and exhibitions. He also taught as an assistant at the Faculty of Architecture in Barcelona, from 1989 to 1994. Fabré set up a studio in 1988 with Lluís Dilmé, Fabré & Dilmé, where they undertake a great number of projects in many different kinds of spaces, educational, residential, sanitary, museums and exhibitions, and public spaces: L'Escola d'Ensenyament Integrat de Música I Dansa Oriol Martorell (1995-1997), or various livings in El Prat de Llobregat (2002), Girona (2002), or Figueres (2002).
Having worked with Solà-Morales in theatre projects, the three architects assumed the restoration of Barcelona's Opera, the Gran teatre del Liceu, with Eulàlia Serra. In 2000 Solà-Morales, Fabré and Dilmé were awarded the Cultural Heritage National Prize handed by the Catalan Government (Generalitat). They had already been consulted in 1986 before a fire destroyed the theatre in 1994, thus their restoration plan became a reconstruction and enlargement project. They worked on rebuilding the Opera "as it was before, where it was", updated in all the technological aspects.
In Dilmé and Fabré's work as designers, we may stand out the specific furniture he developed for the new Liceu theater, pieces of furniture that have been conceived in a modern language, but bearing in mind their setting. The Liceu lamp, reedited by Santa & Cole, the armchairs and the red velvet chairs are part of this set.
The experience in restoring theatres of Lluís Dilmé and Xavier Fabré continued with the restoration project of the Teatre Teatre Guastavino in Vilassar de DAlt (Barcelona, 2002); of the Teatre Cal Ninyo in Sant Boi de Llobregat (2002); of the Teatre Principal in Sabadell (2002), built in 1860 and considered an important piece of Catalonia's architectural cultural heritage; of the Teatre Cooperativa in Barberà del Vallès (2002); or the conversion of Can Gibert in the Montserrat monastery into an Arts Center (2003).