MY CUL­TURAL LIFE CÉ­CILE ROED­ERER

We ask a tastemaker what they are read­ing, watch­ing, lis­ten­ing to and down­load­ing

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Cé­cile Roed­erer co-founded the e-com­merce site and shop Smal­lable with her hus­band Pierre Roc­hand in 2008. Smal­lable of­fers a unique range of in­te­ri­ors, fash­ion, beauty and life­style brands for adults and chil­dren. Its bou­tique opened in 2015 in Roed­erer’s home city of Paris (@SMAL­LABLE; en.smal­lable.com).

The book that’s in­flu­enced me the most is the novel The Life Be­fore Us by Ro­main Gary ( 2; New Di­rec­tions, out of print), which I read as a teenager. It’s the story of an Arab child raised by a Jewish woman and it moved me deeply. It’s a true mas­ter­piece of hu­man­ity, in­tel­li­gence and gen­eros­ity. I’m cur­rently lis­ten­ing to David Bowie ( 4). His mu­sic has kept me com­pany since I was a child as one of my sis­ters, So­phie, who’s ten years older than me, got me into lis­ten­ing to him. I also have a taste for som­bre, sad songs and re­ally like Nick Cave and Tin­der­sticks – their sub­lime voices send shiv­ers down my spine.

The song that makes me feel in­stantly happy

is La Banane by French singer Philippe Ka­ter­ine – even though it’s not se­ri­ous, it’s po­etic, as ev­ery­thing Ka­ter­ine does is. It’s my son’s favourite song and I love to see him laugh and dance while lis­ten­ing to its lyrics. See­ing your child laugh is the best way to make you happy too. My favourite col­lec­tion of po­etry is Je Voudrais Pas Cr­ever (I Wouldn’t Want to Die) by French au­thor Boris Vian, pub­lished posthu­mously in 1962. It’s provoca­tive, in­spir­ing and ad­dresses all the things the au­thor would like to do be­fore he dies. It re­flects my be­lief that we have to make the most out of life. My favourite quote is ‘Bold­ness has ge­nius, power and magic in it,’ by Jo­hann Wolf­gang von Goethe. I of­ten re­peat this phrase when I feel I need to be bolder. The last ex­hi­bi­tion I saw was the Amedeo Modigliani ex­hi­bi­tion at the Grand Palais in Paris. I love the el­e­gance and melan­choly of his por­traits. They make it clear that he was also a great sculp­tor – those faces look like ac­tual masks!

My favourite places for a good night out

are some of Paris’s ho­tel bars and restau­rants. L’hô­tel Par­ti­c­ulier in Mont­martre is a good choice to start the evening. Then I’ll go to Mon­sieur Bleu ( 1), a res­tau­rant that has a sub­lime view of the Eif­fel Tower. To fin­ish the night, I like clubs where peo­ple who are older than 20 ( like me!) can have fun, such as Chez Cas­tel or David Lynch’s club-cum­cin­ema Si­len­cio. I love their dé­cor. If I had a free day in Lon­don I’d see my friends who live in Chelsea and let them show me around the area. It’s nice for me when oth­ers take the lead as this doesn’t hap­pen to me of­ten in my ev­ery­day life. I also like wan­der­ing around Shored­itch, dis­cov­er­ing the in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques on Red­church Street ( 3, Labour and Wait). In the evening, I’ll stop for a drink in the gar­den of Maryle­bone res­tau­rant Chiltern Fire­house ( 5). My favourite des­ti­na­tions in­clude For­mentera ( 6), one of the Balearic Is­lands. It’s still un­spoilt with its un­touched coves and al­lows you to dis­con­nect from ev­ery­day wor­ries. I also love New York and Tokyo. I like their en­ergy and all of the sur­pris­ing things you dis­cover on ev­ery street cor­ner. I pre­fer theatre or live per­for­mances to TV. It’s im­por­tant for me to ‘de-digi­tise’ my life as I spend a lot of time in front of a screen. I al­ways feel that see­ing live per­for­mances is like be­ing at a party!

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