Design’s Dynamic Duo: Meet Gaby and Patrick of Studio Darczuk

For this dynamic duo, creativity plays a central role in both their job and their relationship. Meet Gaby Viteri and her husband, Patrick Darczuk, the talent behind Studio Darczuk based in West Palm Beach, FL.

Both bring unique perspectives and skillsets to the table – him, an Argentine designer and furniture maker with a background in Architecture – and her, a creative consultant with a marketing background. They put the Capital “P” in “Power Couple”.

With a focus on old-world craftsmanship and ethical practices, the studio offers custom-made wood furniture and homewares you’re not likely to find elsewhere. Other common themes in their work include community, use of natural materials, and support of local artists. All things we can definitely get behind. Our favorite part? All pieces are designed and handcrafted in West Palm Beach, using local materials when possible.

We got the opportunity to sit down with them both to learn more about what goes into their work – both as a couple and individually – exclusively for our Scout Guide readers!

Though their store at The Square is a temporary popup, you can make an appointment to visit them in person, or shop anytime online at www.patrickdarczuk.com. Keep reading below.

 Written by TSG Contributing Editor, Kate Rowan


 TSG: How would you describe the full range of your collection?

 Patrick: It is a personal approach to Florida local and native materials… pieces in this collection are for all the senses and occasions. From visual to smell, they’re all unique pieces, ranging from our signature Gathering Boards and tables to abstract objects of art to practical benches, coffee tables and nightstands. 

Gaby: The Studio was conceived as a flagship for Patrick’s work and creative process, as well as an open studio to highlight and support local artists, in addition to preserving local culture. Our shop offerings reflect that concept and have grown to not only include Patrick’s collection of Florida-inspired pieces, but also works by local artists, and workshops in collaboration with like-minded creatives.  The space itself has also evolved as an open space to host community gatherings. 

 

 TSG: We picked up on the theme of gathering in your collection, can you share more on that?

Patrick: It’s what was enhanced during a long lockdown, followed by two years of the pandemic.  First gathering with family, then slowly opening up the gatherings to more people. It’s worked because of the realization that despite everything, we can’t dispel the need to come together. It’s what keeps us going. 

 On a practical note, Gathering is also the way I hunt for materials.  I have a collection that expands over a decade of gathered and collected wood and materials, and finally having the time to make art out of it, to use it for what it was intended for; is a way to close the circle. 

TSG: What about being a small business owner is meaningful to you?

Patrick: It’s all about being able to take advantage of great resources and collaboration with other trades and artisans…

Gaby:  Each community is unique and has its own flavor and being able to be a part of it is something that speaks deeply to me.  As a small business, we are 100% in touch and connected to the community we live in.  Having the freedom to create for and fill a need for the community I live in is why we do what we do. 

 

TSG: How has your business evolved over the years?

Patrick: We keep growing in local and international clients with their own exquisite taste. We have more access to collaborations with other small businesses and creators.  

 Gaby: The business grows with our clientele. Being a small business, we can be in tune with that, and being local, even more so.  The story of our business is deeply rooted in the story of the community that has embraced us and what we have to offer. 

TSG: Describe your personal aesthetics in a few words.

 Patrick: Material-driven, timeless…

Gaby: Form follows function, with certain exceptions.  I’m practical, so I like well-made things that have lasting power rather than following trends. When things are well made, they transcend a time and place, leaving plenty of room for fun and personal interpretation.  

  

TSG: How does your aesthetic translate into your work?

Patrick: Well-curated ideas, minimal manipulation of materials, smooth natural finishes…

Gaby:  I collect, edit and curate things and experiences. The search for timelessness and durability really permeates everything I do. It’s a little mad tbh. 

 TSG: Can you share some information about the use of natural and local materials in your work?

Patrick: Natural materials such as wood or weather-related South Florida Native materials.  I comb the state for things that speak to me. I also find things while acquiring materials for a specific project.  I will drive to North Florida for a certain piece of cypress and find something else. Each piece tells a story…

  

TSG: What are some of the highlights of working and building a business with your significant other?

Patrick: Becoming closer, developing a strong friendship, and being surprised at every intersection…

Gaby: We have a common goal and are involved in something together.  I think that after 25 years together it’s pretty cool to add another layer to the relationship. 

 

TSG: Any special event partnerships you would like to highlight for 2022?

Gaby: So many exciting things happening this year. I’m curating an entire month of programming devoted to local female artists starting with the first-ever gallery show for Jenny K and Hayley Sheldon. Did you know that until now, there has never been an art show focused on local female artists? I’m also partnering with local artists Sarah Le Pierre and Lani Goodrich on two very fun workshops.

 

TSG: Why partner with The Scout Guide? 

 Patrick & Gaby: Because the guide gets the importance of local.  I’ve already seen the impact that it has had on our business as far as visibility.  As a small local business, you find partnerships that resonate and have the same commonalities.