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Living in Morocco: Design from Casablanca to Marrakesh [Paperback]

Lisl Dennis , Landt Dennis
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Book Description

21 May 2001
Morocco is an exhilarating combination of vivid sensuality and intense spirituality, an intoxicating blend of cultural variety, a place quite unlike any other: Berber, Arab, French, English and Spanish: in what other country does one find such a rich mixture of heritages? Indeed, this diversity is matched in its geography, which runs from coast to mountain to desert. Living in Morocco celebrates the arts of a country at the height of a cultural renaissance, a country where an ancient tradition of craftsmanship has been sustained and recently reinvigorated. The book is filled with images of vibrantly coloured ceilings, decorated courtyards and walls, of plaster of Paris carved and painted in intricate geometries, of tiles so small that 150 could fit in a matchbox. Lavishly illustrated chapters on decorative and folk arts alternate with chapters on Moroccan life today. We visit Chaouen in the Rif Mountains (a city only recently open to Westerners), where the town's smooth, undulating surfaces are painted a bone-chilling, blue-tinted white. We peer into an abandoned kasbah in the Sahara. We absorb the sights, sounds and smells of the frenzied souk. We take time out in the shady blue-and-pink environs of the Majorelle Gardens, laid out by French painter Jacques Majorelle. We explore the story behind the most famous hotel La Mamounia, which has welcomed such guests as Winston Churchill, and most importantly, we see Morocco's arts brough to life in its homes - from former harems to traditional Hispano-Moorish houses. Morocco is an assault on the senses. Glorious photographs make this book a treasure for the armchair traveller, while the luscious documentation of Morocco's houses, arts and crafts make it an invaluable resource for anyone involved in design.

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 2 edition (21 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500282641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500282649
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 1.9 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Photographer Lisl Dennis and her husband, writer Landt Dennis, are actively involved in the travel and design fields. Often working as a team, they have contributed to a range of international publications, including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Harper's Bazaar, and written several books, among them Behind AdobeWalls: The Hidden Homes of Santa Fe and Taos and Tiles: Choosing, Designing and Living with Ceramic Tiles.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 28 Mar 2008
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Beautiful pictures showing a wide range of design features. Informative text. Great for thinking about creating a Moroccan feel in your home. The synopsis is accurate.
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I have in the past bought Tashcen books such as MOroccan INteriors and LIving in Morocco and they are just beautiful for capturing the designs, architecture, styles that are delights to be found in the diverse culture and lifestyles in Morocco - and I believe the reason many people - not just artists - decide to go live their dreams of living amongst all the colour in Morocco - and it really Is such a joy to find this book as well!

This is a magnificent book as it captures so beautifully by including so many, many photos of wonderful quality and insight combined with insightful writing and information for the reader.

I bought this in case I do go ahead with building and decorating a guesthouse and totally recommend this book - it is extremely useful for having before a wonderful range of traditional designs and styles amongst the diverse range of tribes and people groups that give Morocco such a wonderful character and flavour as a country to visit, explore or move into to live in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aboslutely Stunning 13 Jun 2007
By Lynn Conradt-eberlin - Published on
The photography is inspirational -- whether you are a shutter bug or trying to grasp the details that make this part of the world's interiors so beautiful. Striking colors, well-chosen compossions -- this book is a must have. My only regret is the lack of printed information that would educate me on the fine details and intricate subtilies of this design form.

Still, a must have for anyone with interest in photography or the striking vistas on can create for their home or garden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Examples 4 Sep 2001
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I really liked this book, as well as Moroccan Style. I felt this book was a little more comprehensive on the styles by region of Morocco and showed more traditional design.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An atmospheric look at Morocco 20 Nov 2010
By Scott Banks - Published on
This is one of the better books I've seen that gives a real feeling for Morocco, their lifestyle, culture, colours, ambience etc. There's a wonderful balance of writing and photographs (none of which are "touristy" style pics!). it's one of those pieces where you can read & finish, and come away with a real feeling for the place, and a real respect for it's historical contexts.

My only downer is that the bookbinding technique is miles too lightweight for pages of this quality and weight, and on just the second opening the stem came unstuck and fell apart. Still, with some tender loving care this will stay on top of the coffee table for years to come.

Worth grabbing if you have a romanticised love of north Africa and it's people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A completely different take on interior design 14 May 2007
By Jennifer Bishop - Published on
This book is really very beautiful. I have transgressed Asian and southwestern design and this book is just what I wished for.
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3.0 out of 5 stars LIVING IN MOROCCO 24 Aug 2007
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