Chineur, collector and decorator, Jacques Garcia publishes a beautiful book on the restoration of his castle in the Battlefield in Normandy. The opportunity to ask some questions to Jacques Garcia who has notably signed the decoration of the hotel Costes, that of Mamounia and Ladurée shops.
Chineur, collector and decorator, Jacques Garcia confides in the Express Styles on the occasion of the release of his book "Jacques Garcia, twenty years of passion, the castle of the Battlefield."
Entrust us with a faux pas in decoration?
Being up to date ... Be seduced by fashion, because it has a huge defect: it is outdated, unlike style, as Coco Chanel said.
Is there anything you like to touch?
Taffeta, a voluptuous fabric, supple, light, with extraordinary sensuality, that I used a lot for curtains. I like to imagine the character of Violetta, in La Traviata, from Verdi, draped in this silk stuff ...
Would you like to share your knowledge?
Yes. This book is the proof. Restoring this jewel of French architecture of the seventeenth century represents twenty years of my life and forty years of passion. Through this book, I allow fans of the Grand Siècle to find the creative strength.
How do you protect yourself from annoyances?
Thanks to sleep! I do not sleep much, but I sleep well. I learned to put things into perspective over the years, otherwise I would have had ulcers. Apart from the loss of someone who is dear to you, there is finally not much serious ... That said, to lead as I do 40 yards front gives a lot of worries.
Which landscape arouses in you the dream?
The castle of the Battlefield. It's a daydream, morning, noon and night. And in all weathers. With this house, I created my paradise. The campaign is really my element. For nothing in the world I could not have a house in the water!
Do you have a defect that you claim?
Spontaneity. I do not always turn my tongue seven times in my mouth before speaking, and it played tricks on me. Yet, redoing an interior requires a lot of tact and diplomacy. In a way, we enter the souls of people. I consider a decorator to look after, a bit like a doctor. But I never allow myself to say that my patient has the disease of bad taste, because there is nothing more subjective ...
What did your parents tell you that you are proud of?
Honesty with oneself and with one's friends. To be honest is to be Balance ascending Balance. [Laughs!] I do not know how to deceive. If it happens to me, I leave.
What would you like to receive for your birthday?
A collage, a poem ... Little things are the most beautiful gifts in the world.
Does this book on the Battlefield Castle summarize the culmination of a life?
Rather the work of a lifetime. Or a witness passage. If one day, the private French castle no longer exists in France, it will remain at least this work that explains my vision of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At 65, I do not have time to get involved in another project of this magnitude.
To read: Jacques Garcia, twenty years of passion. The castle of the Battlefield, text by Alain Stella, photographs by Eric Sander. Flammarion, 400 pages, 95 euros.