The artistic directors of Duchatel Biarritz reveal their sources of inspiration

"We have very eclectic tastes"

Duchatel Biarritz's artistic directors unveil their sources of inspiration.

What are your references in terms of creators?

Poiret, Patou and Chanel for the freedom of the movement and the emancipation they offered to the woman, Cristóbal Balenciaga for the architectural side and sobriety, Pierre Cardin the visionary and Yves Saint Laurent For audacity, artistic references, androgyny and his exciting personality. Alexander McQueen was also a genius. Without forgetting, Yohji Yamamoto and Rick Owens. Nowadays, we admire Rabih Kayrouz for his work on the lines, Haider Ackermann for the all in sensitivity he gives to the woman and The Row for the "Timeless" spirit, the great modernity and the avant-gardeism . But also Lucie and Luke Meier (Jil Sander) for respecting the minimal DNA of the house, JW Anderson (Loewe) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior).


For architecture and design, what are your influences? Your favorite designers?

We have very eclectic tastes. We love Art Deco, Bauhaus, Memphis movement, Brazilian architects and French designers from the 1950s and 1960s. Among our favorites: Madeleine Castaing, Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, Jules Leleu, Eileen Gray, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Paulin , Oscar Niemeyer, Jorge Zalszupin, Gae Aulenti, Afra & Tobia Scrapa ... The French scene of designers and decorators of the moment is very rich and interesting. The work of our young client Marta de la Rica is worth a look; His poetic style reflects a timeless aristocratic elegance.


The places that inspire you?

London, Antwerp, Marrakech but also Paris for its museums (Bourdelle, Rodin…) and his galleries (Patrick Seguin, Yves Gastou, Chenel, Vallois, Carpenter Workshop Gallery…). Italy and Greece inspire us a lot too, without forgetting the Basque Country for its natural elegance, its character, its diversity, its culture and its "coolness". Finally, we dream of discovering Japan and its inspiring culture.