Head south of Brussels in the country house of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. The writer-playwright introduced us to his 17th century castle-farm and confides, among other things, on his passion for curtains and his hatred of doors ...
In his new novel "The parrots of Arezzo square"(Albin Michel), Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt set the scene on a Brussels square The writer who lives in Brussels has chosen to open the doors of his castle farm, surrounded by ramparts, with a guard tower and watch for the 11th century To restore this domain, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt took care to choose noble materials from Flanders, injecting just the right amount of modernity.
Your favorite room, the one where you like to be and spend time?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt : My room-office. I like to go from bed to desk, and from desk to bed. Even though I live in a very big house, I love working in the heart of my room. Here, I write in the intimacy of the intimate: no one will ever enter. It is a very bright space, cream tone, a height of 5 meters under ceiling. There are windows on all the walls except the chimney, dressed with huge curtains in thick and rough sheets, in a beautiful flax of Flanders. The furniture is modern, design, with clean forms.
And when you write: it's everywhere in the house, in your office only or elsewhere?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: The house is a big cocoon that I tend to invade. Sometimes I write in the kitchen or in the living room, to be close to the people I love or sometimes, I isolate myself in my office! But when I have to concentrate on a book, it's in my room-office that I take refuge.
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: It is a mix of modern furniture and old elements. I wanted to create a unity between the ancient and the contemporary. For example, on the ground, I had slabs of the eighteenth that I embellished modern carpets.
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: A huge wood stove, crafted in white earthenware, which dates from the Revolution, and works! I was able to acquire it following a demolition of a Burgundy castle.
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: I walk my "Molière" house to house, those I received early in my career. I always find them a place.I am crazy about curtains: for all my houses, I appeal to Pietro Seminelli, a talented French master. He is the only one to have this title in France. If my house burned, I would take my curtains!
Your favorite color in your home?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: Cream and muted colors. I like creating relaxing atmospheres that lead to meditation, hence the choice of materials with indefinable natural chromaticism. But to wake up all, I can add, suddenly, a dark purple couch or an orange cushion.
Your last favorite purchase for the house?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: For me, a house must have a fireplace, a good bed and a piano. I fell for an old Pleyel that my friends gave me for my birthday. A large room was arranged to install it.
The kitchen, rather open or closed?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: Opened. I have a hate for doors and I'm obsessed with light: every time I invest in a new place, it must be able to rustle light, everywhere and at any time. The rooms are linked with large openings but never doors. The kitchen is a centerpiece of a little more than 90 m2 that offers the best view: it is, so to speak, the main room. There is a large central island and a huge table to share meals. Do not condemn those who cook!
And the TV, which room?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: In the kitchen.
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: I live in music and I write in silence.
What is on your bedside table?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: CDs and encyclopedias! I love listening to music in headphones, and especially I am "encyclopédiphage". As I write all day, my eyes are tired to read; it is an ideal discontinuous reading. I am curious as a child and can fascinate me for subjects very far from me: the fashion, the song, the cinema, the great civilizations, the slang of the forgotten words, ...
Rather orderly or messy?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: Alone, I'm messy: after three days, the house turns into Ali Baba's cave! With the others, I am ordered and there, I put myself to put everything as a soldier before the inspection.
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: I have a large garden in blooming white and blue where manifests my great passion for hydrangeas and roses. I also love linden, I planted several.
Addresses or brands favorites for the house?
- Pietro Seminelli, master currier for curtains and hangings: [email protected]
- Candles from Diptyque.
To read: "The Parrots of the Place d'Arezzo", novel published by Albin Michel (August 2013)
On the bill: "The Guitrys", comedy at Théâtre Rive Gauche, since September 26, 2013.