Thursday, February 14, 2013

Majorelle Blue

On Marrakech’s Rue Yves Saint Laurent is Jardin Majorelle, a fabulous garden of delight.  In 1924 French artist, Jacques Majorelle, began landscaping a garden that became a creative masterpiece.  Majorelle was entranced by colors of Moroccan tiles and Berber buildings and kasbahs. The artist created an intense ultramarine blue which he trademarked as “Majorelle Blue.” (I fell in love with Art Nouveau furniture designed by his father, Louis Majorelle at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris.)

In 1980, after years of neglect, the gardens were about to be sold to developers for apartments. As fate would have it the neighbors next door happened to be Yves Saint Laurent and Paul Berger. They bought the property and lovingly restored it to its former grandeur.

Majorelle commissioned architect Paul Sinoir in 1931 to build an Art Deco style building for his workshop. Fairly small in size but the intense color blue magnifies and gives it a strong presence.

Blue bordered fountain.

The design is quite unique and speaks volumes about its creator.

Marla sits on beautiful blue and green tiles as she soaks in the beauty of gardens.

In 2011 the Berber Museum was opened in the former painting studio.  Over 600 Berber objects from YSL’s collection are on display. I loved the clothing and jewelry exhibits.

We spent all day taking in the mystical and spiritual wonders of the gardens and museum.

I love this place!

In the bookshop we found a fabulous book about Bill Willis, the expat American designer who helped create Yves Saint Laurent’s sensational second Marrakech home, Villa Oasis.

Colors appear to intensify when placed next to a Majorelle blue painted wall.

Yves Saint Laurent was saddled with business pressures and addictions, but I am sure the gardens provided a vestige of peace.

After YSL’s death in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the gardens. Jardin Majorelle is owned by Foundation Pierre Berger-Yves Saint Laurent and welcomes over 600,000 visitors a year.

***YouTube of the Jardin Majorelle;

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