Today I am returning to my favorite blog activity with this new apartment visit. Please meet Franck. I was fortunate to stay ten wonderful days as a guest in this lovely space over the holidays.
Franck welcomed Delphine and her daughter in his living space officially since last summer but today I chose to interview him specifically since I had already featured Delphine about a year ago in her own environment and didn't want to be redundant. You'll forgive me!
When time came for the two to move in together they naturally found common grounds in the decor department. Having to merge two homes in one forced them to scale down and keep the essentials. From furniture to art pieces and textiles they decided to opt for an unassuming, simple interior. They already shared an obvious taste for quality designs (that couch!) and both agreed to keep the space minimal to preserve its open flow. The rooms of living all lead into one another and give the space a grand lofty effect. The main source of light is east-facing, bathing the space with glorious morning sun. I am thrilled today to invite you in this home and the mindset of its original dweller. Thank you Franck and Delphine for making this Holiday season the best I have had in a long time!
Franck's interview is available in English and French. Enjoy!
Photography © Anne-Claire Rohé
Tell us where you live and since when
Delphine, Line and I live in Strasbourg, in the Neustadt district built in 1880 during the German occupation. We have the chance to be living very close to the Parc des Contades and the no-less remarkable Place of the Republic. I have been living in this neighborhood since 2007 and at this specific address since 2012. I particularly appreciate the architectural richness of the neighborhood and its proximity to the city center.
A daily ritual that defines your lifestyle
Ride my bicycle! Without a doubt the best means of transport in this beautiful circular city that is Strasbourg. I save a lot of time riding my bike, I breathe deeply and I never fail to re-discover my city over and over again.
You have a fine eye for anything décor, Art, furniture etc... Have you always been interested in design?
I have always been interested in Technique or the art of summing all the parts used to achieve an architectural design, may it be mechanical or artistic. My interest in Design is the organic inclination of my already keen interest in architecture and the concept of object layout.
From all your travels, is there a place that holds a special spot in your heart?
I had the chance to travel a lot in my life but the place that transformed me the most -and still does- is Corsica, the place where I was born. There I can breathe, I recharge. The island never ceases to blow my mind.
Is there a country or a city that seduced you in particular? somewhere you could see yourself live?
I might well be attracted to New York City dear Anne-Claire! I was able to feel great energy when visiting. But I can't really answer your question to be truthful, I am always eager to explore more of the world. And I might never stop.
A moment, a detail that comes to mind when you think back to your childhood home?
The family house where we spent our vacation as kids nestled in a small Corsican village. I specifically remember how much I loved the ancient, noble quality of the grounds, the Mediterranean vegetation, the river, the scents, the sound of silence.
A favorite activity when at home?
Simply spending time and enjoying the apartment with my darlings is a great thing to do. But my favorite activity is cooking. It is fun, creative, it makes everyone participate and engage with each other. Being in the kitchen vectors moments of joy with the girls.
You co-own a charming café-brasserie in the city, how did you get started in the restaurant industry?
Sort of randomly. Before Strasbourg I lived about 10 years in other cities. By the time I moved back in 2006 I first created a small business which had nothing to do with the industry of food. But quickly, in late 2007 I got the opportunity to acquire and operate a brasserie* in the historic neighborhood of the Cathedral of Strasbourg. I took the plunge and have poured myself into it ever since.
*Franck runs the restaurant Le Roi et son Fou
What is the best lesson you have learned in the process of changing radically your career?
Adapt, adapt and adapt.
What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
I would like to make this world a more poetic one.
Un geste du quotidien qui définit ton style de vie?
De tous tes voyages quel est l'endroit qui t'as le plus transformé, marqué?
Un moment précis, un détail qui te vient à l'esprit lorsque tu repenses à la maison de ton enfance?
Tu es co-propriétaire d'un restaurant charmant en centre-ville, comment t'es-tu lancé dans le milieu de la restauration?
Dans quoi te lancerais-tu si tu avais la certitude de ne pas échouer?