ARM­CHAIR TOURIST

THIS MONTH, OUR VIR­TUAL DE­SIGN ODYSSEY TAKES US TO THE MEDINAS OF MOROCCO WHERE WE RE­FRESH OUR­SELVES IN A COOL, DEEPLY COM­FORT­ABLE ROOM

The Simple Things - - ESCAPE | HOME STYLE - Words: CLARE GOGERTY

To fully ap­pre­ci­ate the comforting ex­oti­cism of a Mar­rakech in­te­rior, you need to come in hot and sticky from a day in the me­d­ina. Af­ter the clam­our of the souk, re­turn­ing to a riad, flop­ping on to a floor cush­ion and sip­ping mint tea in a court­yard as a fountain splashes, re­stores any lost equi­lib­rium.

A re­newed in­ter­est in the plea­sures of Mar­rakech has been buoyed re­cently by two openings: Jasper Con­ran’s riad ho­tel, all white­washed walls, carved fur­ni­ture and bil­low­ing voile, and the Musée Yves Saint Lau­rent, around the corner from the de­signer’s cobalt-blue villa and lushly planted Jardins Mar­jorelle. Saint Lau­rent was in­spired by the colours of Morocco (“Mar­rakech taught me colour”), from the bril­liant blue of the sea, to the sun-bleached hues of desert cities and the jew­ellike reds, or­anges and greens of mar­ket stalls.

The trick to in­tro­duc­ing the city’s blend of op­u­lence and ease into your own home is to do it in small mea­sures. A wall of tesel­lated geo­met­ric tiles, a pat­terned rug or a clus­ter of lanterns, lends just the right amount of wel­com­ing warmth. Serve mint tea on a brass tray and you’re rock­ing the kas­bah right there.

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1 Arun­del an­tique sil­ver fil­i­gree dec­o­ra­tive screen, £325, ar­ti­santi.com 2 Sump­tu­ous deep but­ton arm­chair, £1,395, au­denza.com 3 Small brass lantern, £13.99, iansnow.com 4 Fresh Amer­i­can braided in­door/out­door pouffe, £241, dashan­dal­ber­teu­rope.com 5 Scratch bot­tle vase, £30, habi­tat.co.uk 6 Lia cobalt blue serv­ing bowl, £10, habi­tat.co.uk 7 Faux papyrus plant £85, the­far­thing.co.uk 8 Buxus pot, £13, which­ford­pot­tery.com 9 Party porce­lain sil­ver camel, £1, talk­ingta­bles.co.uk 10 Lac­quer cube sidetable, £357 or­chid­fur­ni­ture.co.uk 11 But­ter­fly glass teapot, £26, lau­raash­ley.com 12 Moroc­can mir­ror, £249, topol­o­gy­in­te­ri­ors.com 13 Keras em­bossed cof­fee ta­ble, £515, lom­bok.co.uk 14 Zel­lige wall­pa­per in China Blue/White by Cole & Son, £100 per roll, wall­pa­perdi­rect.com

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