Sébastien Gaudard has just opened his second pastry shop, with a tea room, near the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. A jewel filled with objects that he finds during his travels and his strolls. This passionate china of everything, everywhere. At home, as in his shops, he mixes, accumulates and accumulates to create his own universe. Interview.
In his apartment in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, Sébastien Gaudard installed a Fauchon shelf, home where he was the second Pierre Hermé: "It was destined to the dump, I saved it in extremis." For his dog Hot Dog, he chose bowls designed by his friend the designer Christian Ghion: "In the choice of objects, I work with the affect." Another curiosity: puppets, found in 2011 in a neighborhood flea market, alongside dishes devised by the creator John Derian for Astier de Villatte. Finally, in his kitchen, the pastry chef collects spoons of all shapes, ages, styles, including the famous spoon fork "Georgette" invented by the naturalist Jean-Louis Orengo. Interview of a man who lives in the accumulation.
Objects obsess you. Do you go to them or do they come to you?
Sébastien Gaudard: they come to me. I see them, I take them. When I look for them, I can not find them. I like to be surrounded by objects. Like my parents, I accumulate everything and live in this accumulation that serves as a benchmark.
Accumulate, is it also collect?
Sébastien Gaudard: not necessarily, even if I have a collection of enamelled plates ... in my cellar because I have more room in my apartment.
At home, what types of objects do you cohabit?
Sébastien Gaudard: a wired telephone designed by Pierre Balmain, a barber's chair found at the hairdresser next door to my parents' pastry shop in Pont-à-Mousson, or the first portable television model created by Bang & Olufsen. I was a fan of ... the remote control!
You live more in a decor than with a decoration ...
Sébastien Gaudard: it is true. Every object that I find in a flea market, a garage sale, random trip - I have for example reported vintage Coca-Cola crates from New York - I ask spontaneously at home, without predicting anything or anything premeditate.
Did you do the same to decorate your new patisserie-tea room facing the Tuileries Garden?
Sébastien Gaudard: yes, I've been working too. Vases, thirty chairs, suspensions, images of Epinal - I went to get them in the archives, in Epinal-, mismatched silverware cutlery that I gave to tables in Carrara marble, and egg cups in stainless steel from Alessi. I like mixtures. The contemporary can perfectly cohabit with the old. Moreover, I take as much pleasure to stroll at Colette as in a flea market.
What is the last object you have seen?
Sébastien Gaudard: a pair of green vases of water found in a garage sale of the ninth arrondissement.
And the most incongruous or unexpected object?
Sébastien Gaudard: It might be my first car, a Peugeot 403, which never raced! But the object was beautiful. Then, I had Ladybirds and now my family is renovating a Juva 4. I have never driven a new car in my life.
Sébastien Gaudard, 22, rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris (pastry) and 1, rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris (pastry and tea room). sebastiengaudard.fr