Peek Inside the Most Stunning Homes in Marrakech

Of the numerous museums in Marrakech, theres one that designer Meryanne Loum-Martin always brings first-time visitors to help them get a sense of the citys eclectic architectural legacy: Dar Si Said, housed in a 19th-century palace. “Im a mix of a lot of things, part French West Indian, part Senegalese,” states Loum-Martin, who was born in Côte dIvoire and lived in London, Moscow, and Paris before settling in Marrakech. Historically, Marrakech has been a crossroads of cultures that have actually each contributed to the citys distinct aesthetic sense, and today, that worldwide vibrancy continues to draw in creatives.Those creatives now consist of Loum-Martins social circle, and shes long been interested with the method theyve developed their homes to integrate their own tastes with standard Moroccan decor.” This room is like a European château in Marrakech,” states Loum-Martin of a Belgian couples living space. “Marrakech permits you to live outdoors in a very advanced method,” says Loum-Martin.

“Im a mix of a lot of things, part French West Indian, part Senegalese,” states Loum-Martin, who was born in Côte dIvoire and lived in London, Moscow, and Paris prior to settling in Marrakech. Historically, Marrakech has been a crossroads of cultures that have each contributed to the citys distinct aesthetic sense, and today, that worldwide vibrancy continues to draw in creatives.Those creatives now comprise Loum-Martins social circle, and shes long been interested with the way theyve created their houses to integrate their own tastes with traditional Moroccan decor.” This space is like a European château in Marrakech,” says Loum-Martin of a Belgian couples living room.
In 1999, Loum-Martin began integrating bleached wood into her Moroccan-style interiors, which were more typically filled with darker woods. For her own riad in Marrakech, Princess Letizia Ruspoli of Italy, alongside designer Jérôme Vermelin, kept things intense and light, consisting of wood elements like the window frames and the small side table in the corner.
Maïté and Paolo Bulgari tapped local architect Amine Kabbaj and Spanish style duo Gustavo and Pablo Paniagua for their home in the medina. “The ceiling is treated in a very modern approach,” says Loum-Martin. “Its a classic Moroccan pattern however bigger and in natural cedar wood. In another home they wouldve painted it in a darker varnish or in patterns.”
” This house is an absolutely different take on Moroccan motivation,” states Loum-Martin. Here, conventional Moroccan patterns are abstracted and reinterpreted with a modern Milanese bent.
At the home of the Marquess Franco Santasilia Di Torpino and his partner, Rafaella, India-inspired decor blends with conventional Moroccan aspects. “Marrakech permits you to live outdoors in a very advanced way,” says Loum-Martin. “There is this kind of outside refinement, which I like.”
Inside Marrakesh, by Meryanne Loum-Martin, Rizzoli New York, 2020.