Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Marrakech: interesting people, designers, craftsmens and more...

Jnane Tamsna. A camel greets you down the rosemary walk leading up to the hotel Jnane Tamsna.

Jnane Tamsna – Meryanne Loum-Martin. Senegalese Born, Paris raised, Meryanne Loum-Martin was formerly a lawyer, now turned designer. She and her husband, the ethno-botanist Gary Martin own the hotel Jnane Tamsna in the Palmeraie area of Marrakech. Meryanne designed and decorated the hotel with her furniture and objects that she created using local craftsmen and artisans. Her style is eclectic and understated Moroccan chic, just like this small cast-iron chair she is sitting on. Meryanne also represents the talented Beligian painter, Philippe Deltour, whose paintings are hung in the hotel. The busy lady also co-authored the book, New Moroccan Style: The Art of Sensual Living.

Jnane Tamsna – a detail. I loved the detail of this curtain especially the mix of fabrics and textures. Meryanne puts together different materials from her travels all over the world.

Jnane Tamsna – the sitting room. The sitting room of the Jnane Tamsna hotel is a showcase for Meryanne’s furniture. Meryanne’s style is eclectic and she works with all the best craftsmen in Morocco using local materials.

Jnane Tamsna – one of the pools. You can see the pool nearly submerged by the palm trees, the flowers and the vegetation. The rosemary bushes creep up to border of the pool and the vegetables and herbs are planted just beyond. There is no hotel garden quite like this in Marrakech.

Jnane Tamsna – the edible garden. Meryanne’s husband, Gary Martin, a well-known ethno-botanist and founder of the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF), created the garden from scratch. The land is one big vegetable garden or edible landscape. He told British House and Garden “I don’t do grass at all.”

Jnane Tamsna – the rooftop. The rooftop of one of the five houses that make up the hotel Jnane Tamsna in the Palmeraie, the oasis area just outside Marrakech. The hotel is owned and was entirely designed by Meryanne Loum-Martin, she is the pioneer of understated Moroccan style.
Note: the Moroccan inspired lantern designed by Meryanne. Pin It