Furniture Maker

Retegui was founded by Laurent Bergez as a marble craftworks in 1939 in Saint Jean de Luz, South-West France. Most of its business was cutting gravestones and other funerary art objects. Today Laurent's grandson, Claude Retegui, runs the company. As his father before him, Claude has focused on modernising production techniques and working with innovative designers, while maintaining the company's tradition of craftsmanship. Today, the Retegui Marble Company is comprised of twelve furniture designers and master craftsmen, including engineers and marble journeymen, who produce beautiful contemporary furniture.

Having trained as a building and civil engineer, Claude Retegui created the company’s 3D Technology department, which has developed methods of combining stone and composite materials. These techniques enable Retegui’s stone to be considerably lightened while at the same time ensuring great solidity and strength.

Retegui’s new product range has been developed with furniture designers, Jean Louis Iratzoki and Sylvain Willenz.


Jean Louis Iratzoki was also born in St-Jean-de-Luz. He obtained a diploma in interior design at the Boulle school in Paris, and later one in industrial design at the Escuela Experimental de Diseño in Madrid. He set up his workshop in the Basque Country in 1998. Jean Louis seeks out the simplicity and authenticity of the objects he designs. He also collaborates Alki, another Wright & Smith member.

Sylvain Willenz was born in Brussels. He graduated with a master’s degree in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in London and returned to Belgium to open his industrial design office in 2004. Sylvain wanted to put the rich beauty of marble at the forefront of Retegui’s product designs.

Retegui’s story is a wonderful example of traditional craftsmanship living on in collaboration with innovative design.