Where does the designer and designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac live?
Hubert de Castelbajac
That's not a "apartment-house"classic, it is its ground of expression, of reflection, of creation.Cap on the 14th district of Paris, in the "tavern" by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. The designer and designer warmly welcomed us. He talks about his collaboration with Jules Pansu House, and so many other things.
They approached him for his originality, his colors and his aura. "We wanted to get off the trails we knew and it's very positive and innovative for us," said Eric Pansu, director of Jules Pansu house, who already sees the future collaborations with Jean-Charles de Castelbac. Fashion, home, sport ... The creator and designer vogue ideas in challenges, fueling his soul and creativity of everything around him: a happy neighborhood meeting, a breath of emotions, or a pass to football. What drives him above all? "Shake up traditions and give them a new life". He lives as He creates; his house is his studio. "This is an overwhelming place there is a large garden of 400 m2, very wooded with a small hut and a winter garden. Theapartment is very endearing, we feel that the people who lived there before were happy. "4 and a half years ago he is installed and yet he does not hide his desire to" move ", it will only be to his 22nd Parisian move. Today, he is aiming for a cathedral to renovate, a new white space where to express himself. Meeting in color and poetry.
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Why this collaboration?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: The house Jules Pansu was the best house for this project, because we feel this love and respect for the work creators. This publishing house has worked withhuge creators, with precision and delicacy. They respect in a gigantic way missing icons, I told myself that they would respect my work. And that's what happens.
How was this collaboration?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: The way they apprehend the tradition appeals to me because it makes you want to jostle it and do something else. The collaboration was fluid. I have been dealing with two generations: father and son and that's what happens at home because I work with my two children. There is a family story in the genes of our history.
The result ?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: "A spiritual past and a spiritual future". This tapestry is a first approach, and the 4 cushions are like bubbles coming out. There is a punk side, the castle of my childhood ... and this child who has the stems that come out of his ears because it is hard of the sheet.
Jules Pansu x Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
Do you work at home?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: I work at home. I work at night when I wake up; I have my own rhythm and I like to be confronted with my work when I have lunch, when I dine, to judge it, to build it, to deconstruct it.
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What does your interior look like?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: It looks like a large lounge, in which I paint, I dine, I receive. It looks like a big room, and at a large bathroom. It is very bright, because it is facing south and facing a garden.
And your furniture?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: There are things that I created for Roset in the 80's, a table by Eero Saarinen, armchairs and a library by Ettore Sottsass, a lot of paintings by different artists like Chris Johansen, Robert Malaval and pictures of me. There is a large dining table and another where I draw. I also hang dresses on the wall.
Do you have beautiful pieces that do you like in them?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Pieces do not matter so much in themselves. This is the way they clash, become visual accidents, which they answer ... That's what inspires me. That's the way they do not go well together. The elements are a chaos that becomes a beauty. My living room changes all the time. This piece where I live is the stage of a theater.
Is there any object following you?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: A doll that comes from my family since the beginning of time. It dates from the Renaissance: it is said that Marie de Medici played with. She misses a leg, her dress is punk, torn, and she sits in a great Louis XIII style throne. Everyone is afraid of it, I find it quite endearing. She is a child of 400 years old.
What is your favorite piece?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: The pergola is my favorite area. Neither inside nor out, I could install a rocking chair, as in westerns. It's a no man's land.
Nature is important?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: The nature is fundamental. I like the deepest and most mysterious nature like the most abyssal forest. I also like urban, raw concrete, wild, tagged and imperfect.
Do you garden?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: I do not garden. I were not able to. Finally, I garden my heart.
What feeds you?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: All that I see in everyday life appear from great creators. All the major technological inventions on the recycling, those things that speak to us about sharing. I would like to participate in that. To invent them would mean that my ego is set up, but no. I would rather be part of an invention, the world of tomorrow.
That's why you multiply collaborations?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Yes. If I was on stage at age 18, I would not have been alone. I always liked the idea of the group with bassist, guitarist, drummer. To gather, to share, is a little the meaning of my life. When I started preparing my exhibition at Magda Danysz and taking inventory of all the people and companies I worked with ... there were too many. For 50 years ... But there is never too much: I would like to live so many adventures with the many talents of tomorrow. This is the challenge: when I see a fashion show like Moncler in Milan with 8 creators ... Bam! You say what talents are coming! It's invigorating. As much as if you are on a peninsula in Quiberon and you take the air from the sea, it's not like when you're in your living room. I need that, my creativity needs that.
You renew yourself constantly?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: I am like a lobster that lives for a very long time: 120 years old. But at one point in his life he is cramped in his shell. He hides under stones to change. I change, no drugs, consultations with the psychiatrist. I play sports: I made a new friend called my body.
Food is very important?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Yes very.
You cook ?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Vegetables. Carrots: I know how to cook carrots and when "carrots are cooked" ...
And for friends who arrive unexpectedly?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: I would make carrots, green beans. Pasta, I make very good pasta: tuna pasta with capers.
Your kitchen, open or closed?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: The kitchen is closed, but always open to others.
Your favorite color in your home?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: The White. I am obsessed with white. I want a big white house where to put things.
You live in music or in silence?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: In music and FIP, France Culture and Radio Nova. In music, I like everything that is alternative: La Muerte, Alice and Me ...
On your night table what is there?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: A novel called "The nostalgia of honor" by Jean-René Van der Plaetsen, a Bible and photos of those I love.
Do you dream of one more room?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: I only dream of a room, I dream of an immense inverted galleon.
Is there an area you would like to explore?
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: I am doing it. Happiness. Before, I was happy but I had not explored happiness.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac:
- I work on my memories: 50 stories that happened to me. It goes from punk to terrorist years in Italy, to my meeting with the Pope, like the tales and news of Guy de Maupassant.
- My new website jeancharlesdecastelbajac.com arrives very quickly with my art, my fashion and even a TV JCC TV with my news, and a whole part called "Inspire is not copy", where I give my archives to Internet users.
Hubert de Castelbajac