When Yves Saint Laurent visited Marrakesh for the first time in 1966, it transformed him forever. The strong sun, lush colors, and intricate patterns you see everywhere left an indelible mark in his mind. “Marrakech taught me color,” he said. “Before Marrakech, everything was black.”
Indeed, one of the most important parts of Saint Laurent’s legacy has been the Jardin Majorelle, the garden he restored with Pierre Berge and a must-see on any trip to Marrakesh. (Tip for visitors: they don’t take credit cards, so bring plenty of dirhams to cover your entry fees.) The original garden has been joined by the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, and plans are now being made to open up Saint Laurent and Berge’s private home (Villa Oasis) to the public.
When it opens, you should think about going to Marrakesh just to see this. Not only is the house itself spectacular, it captures all the iconic elements of Moorish and Arabesque design, which then fed our favorite Mediterranean, Tuscan, Spanish Revival, and Southwestern styles of architecture and design. Indeed, there’s literally so much to see at Villa Oasis, it could be hard to absorb in one visit.
Starting from the outdoors, this space is surrounded by a riot of warm weather plants. Here, fuchsia bougainvillea creates a vibrant canopy in the outdoor patio:
Pink against cool turquoise. Maybe not a combination you’d naturally pick out in the morning, but it works so well here. Read more