The story of Hadrian Bartherotte is intrinsically linked of Cap Ferret. It’s the land that his well-known father brought them to. An island that was his childhood playground of inexhaustible resources and adventure. At a young age, this entrepreneur collaborated with his siblings and set up a family business creating wooden cabins. With sleek, elaborate frameworks, these wooden constructions quickly became covetable pieces, the sort of cabins that would make Robinson Crusoe proud. And in these times of ultra-connectivity, this is just the kind of escape into nature that we crave. Hadrien Bartherotte recognised the potential of this idea and decided to entirely devote his life to it. Accompanied by Martin, one of his brothers, they envisioned the quintessential Bartherotte style. Beautiful, ecological, and perfectly integrated with the environment: their tailor-made achievements create an awe-inspiring atmosphere. Not to mention highly prized since their production doesn’t exceed the 3 sites per year. Hadrian’s own home, as you’d imagine, is one of his most wonderful signature creation. Build on the beach, it’s executed in blond coloured wood, emanating the delicious scent of pine. Immerse yourself in a world where quality of life comes first.
Hadrien, please could you introduce yourself?
I’m 36 years old, I live with my wife Pauline and my two children Marin and Mila. We live between Bordeaux and Cap Ferret where I’ve been running my business Cabanes Bartherotte & Frères for the last 14 years with my brother Martin. Our company specialises in the construction of artisanal wooden houses, 100% designed and manufactured in Cap Ferret!
What do you like about it?
The simplicity of life.
And about your work?
Our autonomy and the joy of desigining and building our designs in our wokrshop. I love all the éléments that make up our huts: the framework, the furniture, the chimneys!
Two adjectives to describe your work?
Fascinating and challenging.
What sort of clientèle do you have?
It ranges from the local oyster farmer to more affluent customers, but always people that love the area.
Where did your passion for wood come from?
I’m not sure because I’ve always had it, for as long as I can remember. It was something that I always loved doing and I’ve been lucky that is has become what I have built my life around!
Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
We were first inspired by the cabins from our childhood that our father had designed, and the whole family has made together with the help of a friend who was a local carpenter! My father had been inspired himself by a little cabin in which he had lived in Cap Ferret.
Have you passed on this love to your children?
Yes and no, I wouldn’t force them to, but as a dad who builds huts I’m sure that gives them ideas!
Is it easy to balance your family life and work life?
It’s always a little difficult, but we say that the quality of life here facilitates lots of things.
What have been your craziest projects?
The construction of a gigantic cabin for a client in 2007 when we were only 26. Another memorable project was the creation of a 330m² deconstructable restaurant on Pereire beach in Arcachon for our friends Nathalène and Olivier Arnoux with their famous hôtel Ville d’hiver !
3 words to describe the style of your brothers’ cabins?
Simple, authentic and welcoming
What do you dream about?
I’m constantly dreaming!
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily