Where does the tennis champion Paul-Henri Mathieu live?
On the occasion of the opening of the Wimbledon 2016 tournament, from June 27 to July 10, interview with tennis player Paul-Henri Mathieu. Paulo, as his fans call him, received us in his duplex on the top floor in Boulogne-Billancourt.
Return to France of Paul-Henri Mathieu after his stay in Switzerland, since October 2015. It is in Boulogne, in a bright loft, that the tennis player has put his luggage. Even if he is already dreaming of a larger space, with a view to an expansion of his family, he recalls his fondness for this loft, located on the top floor of a building of the 90s. What was determining? Large windows with two terraces!
Chaining trips for his competitions, the tennis player considers it essential to feel good at home. He has therefore neglected no detail for the arrangement of his interior. Sure in his tastes, he has created a beautiful harmony by mixing contemporary furniture with some antique furniture. Functionality and order before anything else, and above all no superfluous elements! A decoration, where he does not deny his Alsatian origins!
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: I hate overloaded interiors. There are some design pieces like the living room table I chose at Calligaris and Vitra chairs. As I do not like pure contemporary, I made a mix with antique furniture like the living room coffee table.
An original piece among your purchases?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: An old leather gym bench: the sportsmen used it to do their exercises in the years 30-40. We find this model especially the eastern countries. If the room was larger, I would have liked to put the end of bed. There is also a square shape that can be used on a coffee table.
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Gymnastics bench mottled.
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: The spiral staircase in white metal, fully open in the middle of the living room. There is also an imposing black iron fireplace that rises to the ceiling.
Your favorite color in your home?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: There is white everywhere even on the ground.
Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: A "bearbrick" treated Jackson Pollock way of the Japanese brand Medicom. These are figurines with bear heads, limited edition and inspired by artistic worlds. You have to order them several months in advance or find them second hand on sites. He is a collector friend of a hundred figurines who gave me the virus. This fun decorative element gives an offbeat style. I have two in the living room, and another that I will put in the room. It always surprises and I explain!
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The kitchen, rather open or closed?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: It is closed but very large: we take all our meals. Although it is very functional, I would have preferred a kitchen open to the living room.
A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: It is my wife who cooks but I can also prepare a good roast chicken with potatoes. I have a real pleasure to buy myself and prepare products that have taste.
And the TV, which room?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: We have a flat screen hung on the wall quite sober that blends into the background.
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: In soft music with French song or pop rock.
Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: In the living room, there are scented candles and in the room, we use essential oils to sleep well.
What is on your bedside table?
Paul-Henri Mathieu : A bottle of water and a tube of hand cream. And before falling asleep, I like to flip through a few pages of the guide Hachette des vins.
A deco trick or storage?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: Since I am always on the move, and to avoid going downstairs and upstairs, I installed an old 40s trunk in the entrance. It is very convenient to store my tennis stuff: polos, shorts, joggings and socks ... I did not have time to restore it, it remained in its own juice.
The old trunk with all my tennis stuff!
And do books have an important place?
Paul-Henri Mathieu : It is rather my wife who reads a lot. As for me, I read especially the summer: classic novels, poles, biographies or works of psychology. Right now, I started Dan Millman's "The Voice of the Peaceful Warrior".
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Paul-Henri Mathieu : I would need two extra rooms: a room for a second child and, for the functional side, a laundry room with washing machine, dryer ...
Rather orderly or messy?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: Very neat: I am Alsatian!
And did your trophies find a place?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: I have exhibited a few in the living room. The others are stored in the conservatory, which serves as a "catch-all" and where I was able to install a wine cellar. As for my youth trophies, they stayed with my parents.
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Paul-Henri Mathieu: The asset of this apartment is its two terraces: one side living room and the other, upstairs side bedroom. I was able to create an outdoor area planted with bamboo, a palm tree, an olive tree, lavender, rosebushes ... a jasmine that climbs to the top terrace. At first, I thought I had a green thumb but I realized that I was not there enough to maintain them.
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home (shopping, decoration, florist, etc.)?
- The chips: not necessarily to buy but for the pleasure of watching!
- The medicom website (www.medicomtoy.co.jp)
- The Ideal Wine website (www.idealwine.com) which allows me to see the wine list.