Popham Design-Marrakech

When Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes bought a 1950s house in Gueliz, a neighborhood in the heart of modern Marrakech, they painted it in shades of inky blue, clear azure, and cool gray, animated by similar colors in the vividly patterned tiles they produce in their small factory in town. The couple came to Marrakech nine years ago, with the idea of taking a year off from their busy Los Angeles–based lives.  Two months after arriving, they started a bespoke tile company, Popham Design, with a factory that grew to employ some 60 locals. source : Elle Decor


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Marrakech I Riad Goloboy

A cool urban sanctuary with a pop art edge, Riad Goloboy is the first of its kind in Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina. Wrapped in cheerful hues inspired by the colourful works of artists Henri Matisse and Serge Poliakoff, the interiors of the eight-room property are designed by owner and art collector, Béatrice Faujas.

Read more at http://www.wallpaper.com/travel-directory/morocco/marrakech/hotels/riad-goloboy/589#hH8gCfV70hT0WpPo.99







The colourful world of HASSAN HAJJAJ : My Rock Stars – on going exhibit at LACMA, Los Angeles

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This three-channel video installation by Hassan Hajjaj includes nine separately filmed performances by an international array of musicians. The sitters/performers wear clothes that Hajjaj has designed himself, and pose in spaces covered by patterns he has selected. Clad in traditional fabrics, as well as luxury brand clothes and shoes, the musicians bridge the gap between now and then, us and them, high and low culture, reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary art.

Hajjaj, born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco, moved to London in 1975, and now divides his time between London and Marrakesh. Best known as a photographer, he also employs video. His work depicts a globalized society that pushes and blurs the boundaries of cultural identity—whether African, Arab, or Western.