Where does the actor Gerard Klein live?


Gerard Klein

Visual Press Agency

Direction Yvelines at Gérard Klein! The unforgettable interpreter of the Instit tells us about his family's house, patina with 30 years of memories. Meeting on a table corner with white tablecloth ...

Comedian, host, frequent traveler, Gérard Klein - aka L'Instit! - has always been divided between the Paris region and Auvergne, where he owns a hotel-restaurant, La Bougnate, which he raises with a new chef, Dominique Dubray. It was in Houdan, in the Yvelines that he received us at his home, in his kitchen where he was just writing the story of this inn which he hopes to make a book ...

Gérard and Françoise Klein with their chef in front of La Bougnate


He has lived for thirty years, a large building, arranged in an old farm which, it is said, belonged to Louis XIV. With beautiful volumes on the ground floor and bedrooms upstairs, this building offers space for both to receive and isolate. Old stables serve as dependencies and also a painting workshop for his wife Françoise. For this jack-of-all-tradesman who has been filming and traveling for twenty years, the return to a more sedentary lifestyle allows him to enjoy his grandchildren and cultivate his garden! Confidences with ease.

Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?

Gerard Klein: I like the morning: I get up at 5 o'clock. It is in the kitchen that I settle first around a coffee. I sort the mail, I write again by hand on notebooks. There are always two tables, one always covered with a white tablecloth where I'm actually working and a smaller one that is used for breakfast.

It is a large living room of about 40m2, rustic style with octagonal floor tiles. There is an old stove La Cornue and above all a huge fireplace 1.50 m high. In winter, I burn every day because I cut my wood. Moreover, the ban on making chimney fires - in the name of ecology - which will concern not only the capital but the Paris region, is a total aberration!

I missed this house during my filming years and today I enjoy it selfishly. I like for example the shelves on which I have placed nearly 80 photo frames, memories of all my travels, my four daughters and my six grandchildren ... The last one I keep often, loves to live up to these photos and make comments!

A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?

Gerard Klein: A beef tartare with steamed potatoes.

Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?

Gerard Klein: No particular trend. There is everything in this house and everything has been done so that our presence remains humble and does not disturb it. There are unique pieces that I have made or even recovered, like this three-meter long table that is in the covered porch, another living room with large windows opening onto the garden.

Plywood "house" table by Gérard Klein

Gerard Klein

This table serves us when we are very numerous. I realized it with big strips of plywood of recovery 'of 3 meters long. The square feet are 8 by 11 cm: it's super strong! I painted it by mixing gray, blue and green. She is great! It is not worth a nail but it is very practical.

After shooting "The passerby of Sans-Souci", I could get all the woodwork of the cafe where one of the scenes was happening, painted in beige, they became the doors of the cupboards (two meters high) of the kitchen.Today, they are totally weathered and even marked with the lines of children's pencils, we have the impression that they have always been there.

The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?

Gerard Klein: The hen I made for the two years of my little girl! I imagined this monumental sculpture three meters by three, from an old truck. As he was leaving in ruins and my daughter Ninon wanted to keep all the pieces, I had the idea to make a chicken from iron, wheels, sideboards, screws ... And for his head, I served an old watering can She rather has a good mouth.

"The Hen", a creation by Gérard Klein

Gerard Klein

An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?

Gerard Klein: An adornment of a Wyoming Indian chief in bone pieces made by my friend Joseph Laforge, an Indian from the Crow tribe. I would have trouble separating because it has an emotional value.

Indian adornment, a gift from Joe Laforge

Gerard Klein

Your favorite color in your home?

Gerard Klein: Beige that pulls on a slightly leathery color and aging wood.

And the TV, which room?

Gerard Klein: In the living room. I watch her sitting on an old red couch, but I usually prefer to sit in front of the TV in the bedroom.

Do you live with music or rather in silence?

Gerard Klein: Rather in silence because the music eats me a part of the brain and then, I can not work!

Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?

Gerard Klein: There are transparent curtains in the windows but my greatest happiness - which I refuse to change - are our old flakes with peeling paint. No way to give it up! They are closed only in winter.

What is on your bedside table?

Gerard Klein: A lamp and an alarm clock.

And the books?

Gerard Klein: There are few books around me except one that never leaves me, especially when I go on a trip: "In the bush, with the escapees from the galleys"by Marius Larique, an old friend who had given it to me because he knew I was attracted to Guyana, I love this country full of humidity, when I read, I like to sit, so I never read in the room.

The favorite book of Gerard Klein, companion of all his travels

Gerard Klein

Do you dream of one more room?

Gerard Klein: Given the size of the house, not really.

Rather orderly or messy?

Gerard Klein: Bordelique (cry of the heart)! I can not help but create little brothels around me: this house lends itself to it. So, it forces me to do a big sort, once or twice a year, and to use the bulky. My daughter Ninon helps me to sift through everything that accumulates: old sewing machines, etc.

Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?

Gerard Klein: I do not have a green thumb and, I admit, there is far too much vegetation to maintain and cut in these 6,000 m2.

Your addresses or favorite brands for the home (shopping, decoration, florist, etc.)?

Gerard Klein: It will be a gourmet brand because I have a soft spot for sardines. My cute sin, these are the products of the Conserverie "La Belle Iloise". I always have boxes of sardines in reserve; I eat them with fresh onions. A delight !

Gérard Klein's news:

The arrival of Chef Dominique Dubray who manages "La Bougnate" in Blesle, a small village located in Haute-Loire near Brioude (Auvergne). Gerard and Françoise Klein are very attached to this inn they had created fifteen years ago

To be published at Cherche Midi, a book on the crossed destinies of Gérard Klein and his friend Jo Laforge.

Gerard Klein's hostel, La Bougnate