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Contemporary and cozy atmosphere in Damien Thévenot, the cultural columnist of France 2. Since February 2015, he hosts every Saturday the new game "One word can hide another". Interview in music, around his jukebox.
After his morning of the week on France 2, in "Télématin" and "C'est au Program", Damien Thévenot appreciates the zen and warm universe he has created in his interior. A serene atmosphere by the choice of light sources and the living room fireplace, a cocoon side with curtains and colorful cushions ...
But make no mistake, he likes the mix of genres! Here, touches of exoticism with some beautiful Asian objects, in the middle of the living room, the spirited energy of an American jukebox which escape the most sublime words of the French song to the most beautiful jazz voices ... It swings at home Damien Thevenot. It also barks because there is the adorable Jazz, the guardian of the place! But a dog can hide another ...
Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?
Damien Thévenot: The living room ! With the fireplace, the sofa in shades of taupe and cream walls, the atmosphere is very cozy. It is therefore conducive to reading, rest, friendship, aperitif ... The atmosphere is always very fragrant with vanilla, cinnamon and coconut fragrances. Overall, it's a zen interior but with few objects in a subtle dosage. My weekend happiness ritual: listening to music sitting on my couch, with a glass of wine, lit candles and crackling fire!
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Damien Thévenot: It is a mix of genres with a dominant contemporary furniture, but absolutely not ultra design: sober and clean lines. For the stay, we opted for a large design glass table of two meters, with chrome feet. The transparency of the glass avoids breaking the space. And to privilege the seat: wooden chairs with very comfortable backsplashes.
Here and there, a few objects found in a second-hand shop and in garage sales ... The color keys are brought by cushions or curtains that change often. We also like to make things happen, paintings ...
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The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Damien Thévenot: A jukebox, a small craze that I cracked during a report I made for Télématin. It's a funny wink of America. It is absolutely sublime with colors everywhere. This replica of the 50s - except that it puts CDs and not vinyls - weighs 170 kilograms. The base is wood, mahogany color, surrounded by neon lights on both sides with changing colors!
The touch of America with the jukebox
I mainly listen to songs from our heritage repertoire (Brassens, Léo Ferré, Jean Ferrat, Barbara ...), but also Véronique Sanson, Strömae, Maurane, etc. I can party on Elvis Presley! Proof of maturity, for some years I've been listening to classical music and I've discovered jazz, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong!
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Damien Thévenot: A Chinese bamboo piece of furniture discovered at an antique shop. We have completely cracked on this small piece of furniture, a sort of dresser with four drawers on each side. It was both an aesthetic favorite and also because it is an evocation of China, of escape and travel. There was a small Buddha. Next door, there are two pretty Moroccan lamps, found in Barcelona. This blend of Morocco and Asia is an opening to the world.
The touch of exoticism with the Chinese bamboo furniture and the Buddha
Your favorite color in your home?
Damien Thévenot: Beige, cream, taupe, light gray and to cheer red, orange, yellow cushions ...
Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?
Damien Thévenot: A futile purchase favorite in an art gallery near the Christmas market in Strasbourg: a replica of Jeff Koons's famous dog, not in balloons but in red porcelain. It is about 50 cm high. He is very funny! His arrival caused the barking of another marvel, Jazz, our Lakeland terrier!
Dog "Jeff Koons" in red porcelain
The kitchen, rather open or closed?
Damien Thévenot: The kitchen is fully open with a central island. Only small inconvenience, we are forced to perpetual storage, but the positive side is not to disappear in the kitchen when receiving friends! All the small appliances are apparent: the toaster, the juicer. Everything is tidy and very orderly. We found a range of spices (salt from Hawaii, Madagascar Curcuma ...) whose packaging is very beautiful, as in the herbalism stores.
A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?
Damien Thévenot: We are rather tasty and light cuisine. So no dish in sauce but we buy a lot of seafood For a dinner unexpectedly, I have a recipe brought back from Barcelona: prawns that I go back in olive oil with pods of 'garlic. I serve them with a nice generous salad. And finally, fresh fruit, often mangoes ...
And the TV, which room?
Damien Thévenot: In the living room. It is a flat screen very discreet, no thicker than a table. We especially like watching movies.
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Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Damien Thévenot: I am rather classical music: Chopin, Mozart, Debussy; and I love jazz too. But on Saturday night, we can also party with friends on tubes of the 80s! In my car, I'm hooked up on Classic Radio and TSF Jazz.
Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?
Damien Thévenot: A mixture of both, knowing that warm lights are preferred in the living room, combining several light sources: small shades, candles - vanilla, cinnamon, coconut and red berries - and Berger lamps.
Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?
Damien Thévenot: I love the curtains both for their aesthetic side, and the cocoon atmosphere they create when they are drawn! Every two to three years, we change them. This allows to renew the interior. The current curtains are a gradient of light dark gray and taupe vertical lines. In the bedrooms, there are brown shades that slice. I like their square side, very straight and down, knowing that it is a cathedral room with a high ceiling height.
What is on your bedside table?
Damien Thévenot: The landline phone, and unfortunately, by Iphone and Ipad addiction, that I put in mode by plane anyway, but my first gesture on awakening is to consult them! An anti-wrinkle night cream because at 42, it's time to take care of your skin! ... A bedside lamp in the shape of an opaque ball. And tons of books by piles.
And the books in all this, what place do they have?
Damien Thévenot: I have a library wall where I put the books by size but I'm not crazy ... and it overflows! I give a lot too.
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Damien Thévenot: A huge library with a ladder and a meridian next to a window where I could indulge in the pleasure of tasting a book.
Rather orderly or messy?
Damien Thévenot: At twenty, I was messy and crazier. From now on, I am more cool, zen and more relaxed.
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Damien Thévenot: Yes, a floral note in an interior is important, but not enough too! Currently, there is an azalea on the living room table, a ficus, a small mandarin tree that exudes a delicious fragrance ... Often, I buy bouquets of lilies, tulips and I love white roses! This is the interview so often, I run an SOS to Philippe Collignon, the garden columnist Telematin, who gives us small consultations!
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home (shopping, decoration, florist, etc.)?
- The fine grocery of the fair fair, to indulge with some products such as rare spices, English cakes, balsamic vinegar with touches of raspberry and citrus, truffle-scented oil ... but the only one flat is the high price;
- The restaurant Fiori: a very nice Italian with a very good value for money and the summer a beautiful terrace.
Where to find Damien Thévenot on France 2?
- Every Saturday at 10h50, in "One word can hide another", a new game of general culture, launched since February 14, 2015;
- From Monday to Friday, columnist in "Télématin" within the team of William Leymergie and alongside Sophie Davant in "C'est au Program".