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Matali Crasset: where does she live?

Matali Crasset composed a colorful living room for her loft in Paris Belleville.

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Head to the Belleville district in Paris, where Matali Crasset, the French design icon, gave us a rendezvous in her house-loft. Interview…

It is in the heart of a popular district of the capital, Belleville, that more than ten years ago, the designer Matali Crasset found the place that corresponded to his aspirations and especially to a living atmosphere. After working in Italy with Denis Santachiara and Philippe Starck, she created in the early 2000s, her own structure. She then seeks a space to live, share, enjoy her life as a mother, and another, to work differently.

By visiting this old printing house, transformed and cut into lofts to develop, she had a crush. This raw place offered him the solution: Matali Crasset would make his studio and his house. Between artist's studio and industrial wasteland, it is a country air in Paris that reigns in the alleys of the raised courtyard, imagined in the center of this 19th century building. Private visit.

In Paris, in the district of Belleville, the entrance of the loft of Matali Crasset with the raised courtyard.

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Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?

Matali Crasset: The living room with its large windows, which adjoins the office. It is a room connected to life and can also serve as a meeting room. When I built this place, I was seduced by its configuration: the opening and proximity of the neighborhood of the other lofts. We share the central courtyard that looks like industrial wasteland.

Your furniture: only the one you drew? Forced ultra design? Maybe family, or from pitcher '?

Matali Crasset: There are obviously some of my prototypes that we try, but not only. I have, for example, older pieces of furniture by Nanna Ditzel, a designer from my spiritual family, and Joe Colombo, like this green chair. At home, nothing is fixed, it moves all the time and there are plenty of mixtures. I like to enjoy my space at my convenience.

In the children's room, furniture designed by Matali Crasset herself.

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Among my oldest pieces, this is the first piece of furniture that I designed before I even went to school: I designed it to store the CDs and the hi-fi system in order to conceal the same structure. hard and the soft! It is now used as a base to display the small ceramics and drawings of my little boy, Arto!

The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?

Matali Crasset: the most astonishing is a sculpture by Theo Mercier. It is a young artist that we discovered at the Salon de Montrouge which I realize the scenography at the invitation of his commissioner Stéphane Corréard. He is one of the selected Marcel Duchamp Prize 2014. He will give his first show at the house of arts of Créteil in March 2014. //www.maccreteil.com/fr/mac

The silent, 2009 - Courtesy Gabriel Maubrie gallery

Théo Mercier

Curtains or not?

Matali Crasset: Especially not ! This is general, both at home and in my hotel projects, sometimes only blinds. I am rather anti-curtain. I start putting curtains in the rooms for the winter. I try to detach myself from the status, but the curtain is attached to this notion, even if I understand that it can be pretty good.

An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?

Matali Crasset: I am not attached to the material. I just like having a place to think. I travel a lot and I know how to adapt in all the spaces where I am. What I miss is my family.

Your favorite color in your home?

Matali Crasset: We find all the palette of my favorite colors: orange, green, turquoise blue, yellow and fuchsia.

Your last useful or futile purchase for the house?

Matali Crasset: No recent purchase but I need to find a small shelf for my son.

The kitchen, rather open or closed?

Matali Crasset: Opened ! (cry of the heart) It is not delimited, everything is functional and accessible.

At Matali Crasset, the kitchen open to the living room, bathed in light.

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A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends?

Matali Crasset: It's Francis, my lover who cooks. He is of Burgundian origin. He tries a lot of things and cooks family dishes by always choosing very good products. He has his favorite addresses in the neighborhood but can also cross all Paris if necessary. When he wants to make me happy, he prepares stuffed tomatoes and ham endives: my madeleines of Proust!

And the TV, which room?

Matali Crasset: There is no TV, only a screen with a video projector to watch DVDs. Otherwise, we go to our neighbors. We had built a home video in the basement but he never served; I turned it into a photo lab. Television, it freezes a space! The best proof, I hate canapés. I have always favored modular sofas to free up space.

The modular sofa designed by Matali Crasset for its living room.

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Do you live with music or rather in silence?

Matali Crasset: In music. I listen to a lot of techno or electronic music. I also like French song and in the morning, listening to classical music helps me think. Among my favorite CDs of the moment: Punkt by Pierre Lapointe and Hirundo by Dominique Dalcan. My children also have their musical tastes, especially my 14 year old daughter.

Are you rather candle or rather scent of atmosphere?

Matali Crasset: I like candles for birthdays and also imitations for decorative lighting.

What is on your bedside table?

Matali Crasset: Columns of books. I am interested in philosophy, anthropology and sociology, and everything related to transmission and education. Currently I read: Didier Eribon "Michel Foucault" ; Bruce Bégout, "The primitive accumulation of darkness", Editions Allia and John Dewey, "After liberalism".

Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?

Matali Crasset: Absolutely not. It's less the space that interests me than the people I can share with.

Rather orderly or messy?

Matali Crasset: A bit of both. An interior must be above all alive.

Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?

Matali Crasset: Rather zen garden! The small terrace that extends our room upstairs has no flowers or plants, and I do not like to isolate myself for sunbathing. It has become a space for nothing. In the central courtyard that we share with our neighbors, we opted for trees.

Your addresses or favorite brands for the home?

Artists to discover in and around Belleville:

- Galerie Marcelle Alix for the work of Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, Aurélien Froment4, rue Jouye-Rouve, 75020 Paris

- Crèvecoeur Gallery for the work of Julien Carreyn, Jorge Pedro Nunez, Peter Mick 4, rue Jouye-Rouve, 75020 ParisThe Plateau - Corner of the Alouettes Street and Carducci Street - 75019 Paris

For the races:

- The delicatessen - 30, rue de Belleville - 75020 Paris

- The Head in the Olives - 2, rue Sainte Marthe - 75010 Paris

- Lemon Felicity - 4, rue Lemon - 75019 Paris - Tel. 01 71 32 71 77

- Our wine cellar and favorite restaurant: The stolen glass - 687 rue de Lancry - 75011 Paris

- For pastry: The cake factory - 34 rue des Vinaigriers - 75003 Paris - 09 83 26 68 02

- For coffee: The coffee tree - 10, rue du Nil - 75002 Paris

- The Marché des Enfants Rouges with the vegetable stall of M & Mrs Walter and also La Ferme de Menseguy, for its organic pigs.