Great artisans don’t try to impress their own influence on nature… they embrace it.
They allow nature to speak through their work. And DUCHATEAU is at the intersection where artisans and great design meet.
Introducing our Atelier Collection. This isn’t an off-the-shelf product. It is a living thing, hand-finished in the European tradition, and perfected with modern technology. A look of ancient wood, with a natural matte and luster that comes from within. Wood that breathes and ages like wine, evolving over time. A blend of the old world with contemporary excellence.
Every floor is made to order, with a one-of-a-kind terroir unique to the crop of trees it was harvested from, and the time and conditions under which it was finished.
As nature and technology are forever changing, so too is the artisan method, giving DUCHATEAU a signature aesthetic, and point of view that continues to be refined.
Our new color offerings are about revisiting Atelier favorites, with a new, fuller breath of expression. Artisanal hand-finishing with an evolved methodology shows improved color stability and richness as it interacts with light, both day and night.
Traditionally manufactured European Oak; hand-finished by North American artisans.
Atelier by DUCHATEAU.
A white reminiscent of the low-lying dense summer fog that hugs the California coast, a fog that is the outcome of the cold ocean contrasted against a warm air. We look for that perfect shade of white that avoids going pink or yellow. Light wire brushing brings out the grain.
A color that is enriched by the white embedded in the grain, like the tang of salt in the ocean’s spray. The color of the wood is reminiscent of buoyant driftwood, sunbaked and smoothed by the rolling of waves, the abrasion of sand, and the salt in the pores.
This color has a radiance that shines from within. We are inspired by optical phenomena in the natural world and this color reminds us of when sunlight dances upon the surface of water. The warm golden tones cast a mellow patina that is a perfect neutral.
A clear natural color that reflects the surrounding colors beautifully, like the way sunlight is cast on a mountain at sunrise and sunset. The color doesn’t cast olive or yellow, but retains a nuanced balance of tones as though the floor had aged in place.
Mysterious and evocative, the color is a layering of the deep ocean darks, the swell of currents, and a layer of hazy mist on the surface. It is a color of grand gestures, of seafaring adventures.
A warm brown evocative of that final glimpse of the setting sun. A color that has a richness to give it vibrancy and depth, blending darks to avoid going too orange.
A rich brown informed by darkness in the grain. The color speaks to that special moment after a sunset when the sky begins to fade towards dusk. The blending of lights and darks is what makes this floor so unique.
A full grey color in twilight as it merges into the dark of night. A deep color that is neither blue nor purple, but a long shadow. The grey tones remind us of ash and driftwood beach fires.
A deep black suggestive of a moonless night. Like Chopin’s musical compositions inspired by nighttime, this color is emotional and atmospheric.