Great voice of radio and TV, Eve Ruggiéri lives in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Confidences of a wonderful storyteller, passionate about decoration, down to the smallest detail. Interview…
From the show "Musiques au Coeur" on France 2 to "Eve Ruggiéri tells" on Radio Classique, the journalist has established herself as the specialist of classical music. Moreover, before being left bank, Eve Ruggiéri, who was a great voice of France Inter and on TV from the 80s, lived for a long time in the XVIth Avenue Mozart. This is not invented!
The most unusual when one enters the eighteenth building where his apartment is located is the stairway. Carved wood and loaded with scrolls nineteenth, it gives a very phantasmagorical side and Victor Hugo. A piano, a double library filled with books on music, a few touches of a beautiful red opera ... Yes, we are definitely at a musician's house.
The works of her husband, the painter and sculptor Rachid Khimoune, bring a contemporary dimension to antique furniture. Despite this cozy and refined setting, Eve Ruggiéri confides that she would love to live in an old factory! According to her, true luxury in the next decades, will be space! When she opens her doors, she works in her dining room-office, her favorite room.
Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?
Eve Ruggiéri: Obviously, the dining room! There is a huge table that can accommodate ten to twelve people. Since I do not have the time to make dinners, it's ideal for working. There are books piled up, my little Clairefontaine notebooks, Post-it notes, the dictionaries of the Robert Laffont collection - The love dictionary of the Opera, the one about the gardens, the wine ... -, all my documents about Mozart, and stacks of texts, especially those that I write in the morning, before arriving at the antenna of Classical Radio !
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Eve Ruggiéri: It is very shared between the old and the contemporary. In the dining room, the furniture is rather Louis XVI with a mahogany console, 18th century Russian chairs, a bust of the goddess of spring with a wreath, a white earthenware stove, ancient Chinese tea pots, blue and white. The whole room is white and overlooks a bow window where I pamper my orchids: I talk to them!
In the main living room, I have two large paintings of my husband, a beautiful glass table that he carved and a totem. This one represents a small fauna which was carved in a beam of my country house. The bronze face is connected to the base by an ax blade. I really like this mix of bronze and raw wood. We also have African masks which my husband had a nice exhibition in New York ...
Totem queen of the night, a creation of her husband, Rachid Khimoune
Bulb Mask, a creation of her husband Rachid Khimoune
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Eve Ruggiéri: People stop a lot in front of the totem and the coffee table that everyone would like to have at home. We own the original. Another copy is at the Agnès Montplaisir gallery in the 6th arrondissement.
The glass coffee table designed by her husband Rachid Khimoune
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Eve Ruggiéri: Since everything happened here because of passion, I would leave without anything, so as not to have to choose.
Your favorite color in your home?
Eve Ruggiéri: The salon is white and showcases contemporary works. There is a dominant off-white for sofas and shades. The winter salon is a more intimate room where the piano is, with a dominant red opera, found on both chairs covered with kilim and carpet that uses these same motifs. My room is in sand and red tones.
Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?
Eve Ruggiéri: I offered a friend a lovely pair of evening slippers in embroidered velvet.
The kitchen, rather open or closed?
Eve Ruggiéri: My husband took care of the layout of the kitchen. It is ultra modern, mostly polished steel, with black and dark gray. It is accessed by a slate-gray corridor. There are silver tiles that reflect the light. I like his clinical side because I hate the mess. We can dine at four maximum!
A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?
Eve Ruggiéri: It's always my husband who officiates. It's the king of spices! He makes many recipes based on vegetables with flavors tasty and appreciated by our friends. But above all, he prepares the best couscous in Paris and makes his own semolina. His other specialty is the gratin pasta with truffles: succulent but formidable calorie.
And the TV, which room?
Eve Ruggiéri: There is only one TV in the guest room. My husband loves debating ideas and me, to clear my head, I like Kurosawa and Polanski's films. And I do not miss any of Stéphane Bern's shows, " Secrets of history " !
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Eve Ruggiéri: Silently ! Because I'm a musician and if I put music, I can not write anymore: I hear the notes in my head and that distracts me. I only make two exceptions when I put Europe 1 to listen to my daughter Marion, and the show of Frank Ferrand. On the other hand, I take a lot of pleasure to listen to opera when I have to choose extracts for Classical Radio. This is a listening and not a background sound.
Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?
Eve Ruggiéri: No scent of atmosphere. I go out a lot in the morning and leave the windows open. I love the smell of wax; I use traditional candles to light but I choose unscented. On me, I wear Hadrian's eau de toilette by Annick Goutal but I am allergic to heavy perfumes.
Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?
Eve Ruggiéri: The curtains are very important! Nothing worse than a curtain too short: it must break on the ground, otherwise it's missed! I like taffeta, it's the only fabric that, the more it is wrinkled, the more elegant it is. I choose them carefully, and I also protect them against the sun.
For the music salon, I chose a pale green taffeta with hints of dead leaves. There is an over-curtain in a cotton fabric with strips of red velvet, yellow and in a very XVIIth green blue, to match with the divans, armchairs and rugs with predominantly red.
What is on your bedside table?
Eve Ruggiéri: Portraits: my daughter Marion and my son-in-law for their wedding, my grandson, my daughter-in-law and my son-in-law, and of course the portraits of my parents and my brother with my sister-in-law. A drawing my husband made for my birthday - Leda and the swan - is a very beautiful sketch of a famous drawing; a blown glass ball that was used to pose the wigs with a pug in decor, a red marble column lamp with a bronze woman's head ...
And the books?
Eve Ruggiéri: I have a double big library dedicated to music. All books are listed in alphabetical order: it saves time! For the books and magazines that have just been released, I have a small coffee table in my room. There is currently the beautiful book by Jacques Garcia on "Twenty years of passion: Battlefield Castle", with the beautiful pictures of the gardens designed by Patrick Pottier;"The hats of Madame Paulette"Annie Schneider, a great milliner who has dressed the most beautiful women in the world, his incredible hats ... It's very poetic.The Rouart novel, a family of collectors " ; "See Manet "by Frédéric Vitoux;"The history of colors"by Michel Pastoureau, a huge book on Proust and Sade by Jean-Jacques Pauvert who served me for the show given to Lacoste at Pierre Cardin, catalogs of Drouot ... and finally the magazine She Of course, my daughter is editor-in-chief.
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Eve Ruggiéri: Ten more pieces that could be empty. Like all serious asthmatics, I choke quickly. I need space. So, I never take the elevator. I would love to live in an old factory where there would be nothing, except for a large table for my books, a chair and a kitchen. I am deeply convinced that the luxury of the centuries to come will be space; the spaces of freedom like the desert are unfortunately more and more invaded and sometimes unfortunately destroyed ...
Rather orderly or messy?
Eve Ruggiéri: I am a woman of order and precision contrary to my whimsical side!
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Eve Ruggiéri: I am lucky to have a nice wrought iron balcony without planting, but I buy flowers and pamper my orchids. I love roses and boxwood. When I'm in the country, I can engage in activities that have the merit of emptying the mind: pruning roses, mowing boxwood and making pretty bouquets.
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home?
- For fabrics: the Saint-Pierre market, Orcel Garden (ask Eric);
- For antiques: at Yveline, 4 rue de Furstenberg, Paris VI;
- For flowers: the Moulié house, 8 Place du Palais Bourbon, Paris VII;
- For perfumes: Annick Goutal, Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris VIth;
- For books: Foam Pages, 174 Boulevard St Germain, Paris VI;
Radio Classic-Laurent Rouvrais
To listen to Eve Ruggiéri: Since 2008 on Radio Classique, she animates every morning at 9am her chronicle "Eve Ruggiéri tells."
His news : the collection "Eve Ruggiéri tells", in 30 volumes, a double CD of the integral works accompanied by a book of 48 pages on the life and the work of the musicians, in partnership Radio Classical - Le Figaro.