Michel Roset talks personal taste: Part One

As creative director of Ligne Roset, Michel Roset enjoys collaborating with architects and designers such as Jean Nouvel and the Bouroullecs

Michel Roset at his home in Lyon
Michel Roset at his home in Lyon | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

My personal style signifier is my forelock. When I was young my father gave me a very short bowl haircut. I took my revenge by growing my fringe and have had the style ever since. I also always wear a pocket square to clean my glasses; I buy them at Le Bon Marché in Paris. 24 Rue de Sèvres, Paris 75007 (+331-4439 8000; www.lebonmarche.com).

Michel Roset’s Georg Jensen Koppel watch
Michel Roset’s Georg Jensen Koppel watch | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

The last thing I bought and loved was a pair of Tod’s Gommino driving shoes [pictured] in nubuck. I’ve got into the habit of buying a new pair every year. I wear them on holiday in Corsica without socks. I’ve been going for the past 40 years, so my Gomminos know Corsica well. £260; www.tods.com.

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And the thing I’m eyeing next is a white porcelain vase [pictured] with a band of stripes by Pierre Charpin, at Galerie Kreo. He’s made only eight for the gallery and the volumes and contours are perfect. Galerie Kreo recently showed a collection of his pieces painted with clown faces, but I prefer his more graphic work. 31 Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris (+331-5310 2300; www.galeriekreo.com).

Vase Ruban, 2008
Vase Ruban, 2008 | Image: Copyright Fabrice Gousset, courtesy of Galerie Kreo

A recent “find” is Takao Takano, a Michelin-starred Japanese-fusion restaurant in Lyon. It’s very small, seating fewer than 30 people, and chef Takao mixes Japanese cooking with influences from French, Spanish and Italian cuisine. I like the shrimp tempura. 33 Rue Malesherbes, 69006 Lyon (+334-8231 4339; www.takaotakano.com).

Back view of the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp designed by the Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier
Back view of the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp designed by the Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier | Image: Alamy

The book on my bedside table is La Septième Fonction du Langage by Laurent Binet, which my son recommended. It is a sort of politico-philosophical detective novel based around the idea that Roland Barthes’ death, following a lunch with future French president François Mitterand in 1980, wasn’t an accident.

Superloon, designed by Jasper Morrison for Flos
Superloon, designed by Jasper Morrison for Flos | Image: Courtesy of JM Studio

The best gift I’ve given recently was a black leather bucket bag with a detachable strap by Maison Margiela, to my wife. I like that you can see the grain of the leather very clearly and have always admired the brand’s pioneering use of materials. Plus the jackets and coats are always flattering, with a classic neckline. Bucket bag, £1,045; www.maisonmargiela.com.

Michel Roset’s Tod’s Gommino driving shoes in nubuck
Michel Roset’s Tod’s Gommino driving shoes in nubuck | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

The site that inspires me is Le Corbusier’s Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut [pictured] in Ronchamp. I don’t really like his chapel at La Tourette because it looks like a big factory, but the Ronchamp one has a perfect visual relationship with the land and sky around it; the play of colour and light is beautiful. www.georgjensen.com.

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An object I would never part with is my Georg Jensen Koppel watch [pictured]. My first girlfriend gave it to me and it was my first contact with Jensen. After receiving it I started to buy more of his work. I like its purity – Bauhaus with Danish sensibility.

An indulgence I would never forgo is Campari. It represents Italy to me, specifically Milan and Turin. I also love Punt e Mes, which reminds me of going to hotels with my grandfather in the 1960s. These are nostalgic tastes. I have a shot of Campari every night.

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was another suit by Paul Smith, a striped fine-wool single-breasted two‑piece. I like the British twist Smith gives to his tailoring. I don’t like designers who style themselves as artists or stars, creating luxury products from a distance. 9 Albemarle Street, London W1 (020-7493 4565; www.paulsmith.co.uk).

The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Jasper Morrison [floor lamp pictured]. He really is an artist, not a designer. He takes an incredibly long time to do something and has a Japanese perspective on things. His work has a purity of volume and total harmony. www.flos.com. www.jaspermorrison.com.

My favourite websites are Deezer and Spotify for music – I made my own playlist for Deezer and Spotify generates lists for me, based on my taste – and Le Fooding, which is a great way to find new restaurants in Paris. www.deezer.com. www.lefooding.com. www.spotify.com.

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