Monday, August 9, 2010

Moroccan Ingredients

Morocco, the African country that is rich with history and culture, has a certain intrigue that has captured the attention of artists, filmmakers, travelers, as well as interior designers. Perhaps it’s the exotic and decorative details of their architecture, pottery, wood works, and textiles.

Understating the culture helps us understand how people used design and color as a mode of communication. For example, influenced by ancient Egypt, Moroccans painted their doors and windows in bright blue in order to keep the evil spirits away, believing that the color would keep evil spirits away from their homes.

A beautiful mix of modern and traditional
Love the spiral pattern
Designer Geoffrey Bradfield incorporated traditional Moroccan design to create glamorous interiors, Moroccan with a modern twist.

As you can see in the above photo Bradfield cleverly created a Fretwork pocket door in this living room
Another great designer Bill Willis was involved in designing Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech retreat.
Willis designed this Mosaic fireplace in the blue drawing room

Don't you just love the windows?

Photos 1,2 by Willem Rethmeier
Photos 3,4 Geoffrey Bradfield Ex Arte
Photos 5,6 The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé

1 comment:

Teresa Hatfield said...

So, so beautiful. Such brilliant colors. Thanks for sharing!
(Splendid Sass)


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