- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Artisan (May 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579654010
- ISBN-13: 978-1579654016
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marrakesh by Design Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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My recommendation is for one of these books instead Morocco Modern (World Design) or Living in Morocco: Design from Casablanca to Marrakesh, mainly because information in this book seems to rely heavily on re-wordings of at least those two earlier books (for example, if one were to compare the Weaver's Magic section in Morocco Modern) so I like to err on the side of the originals.
Pics are interesting peek into the ex-pat world but based on my initial interest in acquiring this book I inadvertently learned more than I cared to about the author's transparent motivations and ongoing cultural appropriation. Much seems to revolve around becoming social media famous and more by taking advantage of the considerable affordability and financial benefits of moving to a developing country and 'commissioning' American stencil artists, and other professionals, to decorate her renovated floors and things - something countless others have done rather privately and respectfully. And book her B&B. And promote a 'brand.' Among other tactics. Looks like every modern business trick - including ethically questionable social media posts of snapshots depicting infant aid recipients she is paid to 'help' that instead promote her own agenda - is being tried to gain relevancy outside her ex-pat home town.
Hopefully, what makes Morocco so magical, unique and authentic will survive this entitled and opportunistic European and American ex-pat gentrification era in progress.
Going way beyond adding a pouf or lantern to your living room, this book is divided into three parts: 1. "Discovering Moroccan Style" which explores the architecture, colors, finishes and patterns of the country. 2. "Living Moroccan Style" which provides examples of how to incorporate this style into specific living spaces. 3. "Sourcing Moroccan Style" which offers shopping tips and lists of sources for gathering the goods.
The information is surprisingly detailed and practical. Throughout the book are "Bring it Home" sidebars with hands-on projects. These are interspersed with cultural information about Morocco. This book is for anyone who adores all things Moroccan or Arabian. The photos alone are worth this book's place on your coffee table.