EXTERIORS

YSL- MARRAKECH MUSEUM

The Yves Saint Laurent museum opened in Marrakech, a city that had a strong influence on him through-out his career. His former business partner and life partner, Pierre Bergé, oversaw the museum inception and construction until his passing a month before the museums opening on October 19, 2017.

It was designed by Studio KO (founded by Olivier Marty & Karl Fournier) and according to The Guardian the architects design intent was for “the exterior to evoke the ‘weft and warp of fabric’ while the interior is designed to evoke the lining of a couture jacket, ‘velvety, smooth and radiant.'”

There is a research library with over 6,000 books, a bookshop, 150-seat auditorium (named after Pierre Bergé) and a cafe named Le Studio after YSL’s Paris office. Displayed is a collection of clothing from over the decades and thousands of drawings/photos depicting the fashion houses history. This museum also has a rather large storage space for over 4,000 items.

Studio KO did an amazing job of keeping true to morocco’s design environment while taking careful attention to minute details as YSL did with all his designs. It is a true modern beauty!!

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AM_YSLStudio KO’s model by Atelier Misto (made of marble, brass and copper)

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Floor Plan

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HEMPEL GARDENS

I am intrigued by Anouska Hempel’s landscapes. Her gardens are green and very structured. They seem like a modern take on what old British gardens used to be like.

Hempel has an interesting story…she was a James Bond vixen turned British socialite and has an internationally recognized firm specializing in interior designer and landscape architecture. Not too shabby……

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Above is what the garden looks like by day. Below is what the garden can look like during an event with the use of a tent and lanterns. I would have loved to be the one to host a dinner like this one.

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SPANISH BARN

I discovered this barn on the internet yesterday and it took my breath away. It was an abandoned barn in Extremadura, Spain that someone bought and turned into a vacation home. With the help of Abaton, a Spanish architectural firm, they were able to turn a dilapidated barn into the perfect rustic getaway. The addition of the over-sized wooden shutters add a modern touch yet blend will the the aged stone. I like the minimal use of furniture in the home as to not deflect attention from the generous view. The mid-century furniture is a nice touch of simplistic style.

This is where I wish I was today. Waking up to a nice view, going for a hike, tanning by the pool…..how relaxing does that sound?!?

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Imagine waking up to the view these rooms have to offer. Ultimate peace.

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